Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Oscar to stay close to home

Oscar Whisky

Dai Walters has ruled out a trip to Punchestown for his Champion Hurdle third Oscar Whisky.

The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old gave his owner a day to remember when winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, a course owned by Walters, before his admirable performance at Cheltenham.

The John Smith's Aintree Hurdle is the next possible port of call, with Walters saying: "He won't be going to Punchestown. If he doesn't go to Aintree he'll be going out into the field for the summer. If we did go to Aintree, he should run a good race, as we know he gets two and a half miles well, but we won't risk him if the ground is not right."

Walters went on: "He ran a fantastic race at Cheltenham and that is why we won't be taking any risks as, with a bit of luck, he should have a very good future."

Connections must decide whether Oscar Whisky will have another campaign over the smaller obstacles next season, or go down the novice chasing route.

"We're doing one thing at a time and we haven't made any decisions about next season," the owner continued.

"We can go whichever way we wanted with him now and we'll make a decision on next season closer to the time."

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