Paul Nolan eyeing Cheltenham Festival target for Discorama

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Paul Nolan believes Discorama can develop into a contender for a race such as the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The County Wexford trainer will wait to see how the handicapper rates the five-year-old after three promising efforts over hurdles.

Successful on his first run at odds of 66-1 at Fairyhouse in early December, Discorama was a fine second to the smart Ex Patriot at Limerick over Christmas and was not disgraced in extremely tough conditions at Thurles last week.

"He ran very well over Christmas and then the ground at Thurles was as close to unraceable as you would ever get there," said Nolan.

"There is no way you would have raced anywhere else in Ireland. It just poured with rain all day.

"He's a bit immature, but he's a nice horse and can go on to better things with a bit of luck.

"We'll give him a bit of time. We might enter him in one of the handicaps at Cheltenham and go for something like the Martin Pipe.

"He seems to have come out of the race very well. We'll see what the handicapper does with him."

Nolan is looking forward to a chasing campaign with Denham Hana next term, but feels she could first open her account in another discipline.

The five-year-old stepped up on her Navan debut to finish second of 16 to Sympa Des Flos in a maiden hurdle over two and three-quarter miles at Limerick.

"She ran well at Limerick. She looks like a dour stayer and looks like a mare who can win a bumper or a maiden hurdle," said Nolan.

"She'll go chasing next season and could be a nice staying chaser.

"We'll just feel our way. It was very heavy ground in Limerick and we're not in a rush."

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