Maria's Benefit is "99 per cent certain" to go for the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after she completed a five-timer at Doncaster on Saturday.
Trainer Stuart Edmunds believes that is the right race for the six-year-old, who showed tremendous resilience to see off the persistent challenge of Irish Roe on the run to the line in the Grade Two Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle.
Edmunds said: "She was very tough. She's been on the horse-walker and seems fine."
He added: "We'll go to mares' hurdle at the Festival. It's 99 per cent certain. We'll have a discussion with the owners whether we'll have an entry in the Supreme, but I very much doubt it.
"The mares' is the right race."
Maria's Benefit is a top-priced 5-1 for the mares' race at Cheltenham on March 15.
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