World ambitions for Luska Lad
Luska Lad could set up a crack at Big Buck's with a good run in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran on January 20.
Trainer John Hanlon is keen to head to Cheltenham for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle if the durable seven-year-old can prove his stamina over three miles.
Hanlon said: "He's a star. He gives everything everyday. He was going up a good bit in the handicap so I thought we'd take 7lb off him and he was unlucky as he pecked at the last at Punchestown."
He added: "He was beaten in the last stride. He's as tough as nails but he's come out of it well and we'll probably go for the three-mile Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran.
"I only ran him over two-and-a-half once before the other day but he got that well and I was talking to Davy Russell who said the further he goes the better he'll be.
"I don't want to take on Solwhit and Hurricane Fly again so I don't have many options. It could be a good opportunity for him. The reason I want to go down this route is because I want to go for one of the staying races with him at Cheltenham.
"He has no problem going left-handed now. He had a bit of work done on him and he ran the best race of his life against Hurricane Fly the other day going the way."