Bobs Worth: 2013 Gold Cup winner set for a summer breakPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Long Run replaces Bobs Worth at Punchestown
NICKY HENDERSON is contemplating substituting one Cheltenham Gold Cup winner with another at the Punchestown festival.
Henderson is ready to send 2013 Cheltenham winner Bobs Worth on his summer holidays and let Grand National faller Long Run, the 2011 Gold Cup hero, try to to go one better than last year in the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup on April 30.
Henderson said: "Bobs Worth seems fine, but I am thinking of leaving him alone now and starting again next season.
"Long Run didn't go to Cheltenham and only jumped a few fences at Aintree. It was very frustrating, but he is fine."
The nine-year-old and Sam Waley-Cohen finished second to Sir Des Champs in the Punchestown feature last year.
Their stablemate Beat That, the impressive winner of the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree, is set to go for the 3m Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle.
Henderson added: "It's very much a possibility as that was only his third run over hurdles and first since November - he is a fresh horse and didn't have a hard race in that he went there on the bridle, although any Grade 1 is not an easy race."
Juvenile hurdlers Kentucky Hyden and Royal Irish Hussar could also form part of a ten-strong team from Seven Barrows.