Boston Bob goes for the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park
Boston Bob is set to miss a potential clash with Big Buck's and line up next in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran on Thursday.
Last Updated: 19/01/14 2:59pm
The nine-year-old looks like continuing over the smaller obstacles following his smooth victory at Punchestown last month after two consecutive falls over fences.
The World Hurdle is his more likely Festival target, although he also holds entries in the Ryanair Chase and the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
His owners Graham and Andrea Wylie won the World Hurdle with Inglis Drever in 2005, 2007 and 2008, and trainer Willie Mullins reports they are keen on another tilt at that prize.
"I imagine he'll go for the Galmoy Hurdle in Gowran on Thursday," said Mullins, who had previously mentioned the Cleeve Hurdle - in which Big Buck's is set to reappear from injury two days later - as a possible next step following the Punchestown win.
"The owners are keen to go for the World Hurdle and it looks like we'll stick to hurdles for the moment.
"I was pleased with him at Punchestown and he's been in good form since."
One of his fencing falls was in last season's RSA Chase, but Boston Bob does have smart Cheltenham form over the smaller obstacles having finished second to Brindisi Breeze in the 2012 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.