Jessies Dream (left) lost out to Magnanimity at Leopardstown on SundayPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Jessies Dream to head straight to RSA Chase
GORDON ELLIOTT confirmed on Monday that Jessies Dream will go straight to Cheltenham for the RSA Chase following his surprise defeat by Magnanimity in the three-runner Grade 2 Tote Pick Six Killiney Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday.
Magnanimity is heading back to Leopardstown for the Grade 1 Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase on February 6 but Jessies Dream, who was beaten three-quarters of a length by the Dessie Hughes-trained seven-year-old, will not be renewing rivalry.
Elliott said: "Jessies Dream was fine this morning. I think the Moriarty will come a bit too close to Cheltenham for our horse and we're going to give it a miss and train him for the festival.
"Sunday's race was messy and inconclusive and you'll see a better horse on better ground and in a bigger field with a stronger pace. We should get all of that at Cheltenham."
Jessies Dream was bidding for a hat-trick on Sunday, having got off the mark over fences at Galway in October before landing the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse last month. The David Johnson-owned eight-year-old is a top-priced 16-1 for the RSA Chase.