Summerville Boy could make quick return in International Hurdle at Cheltenham

Tom George's challenger was a brilliant winner of last year's Supreme but flopped on reappearance in the Fighting Fifth.

It was no disgrace to finish behind Buveur D'Air and Samcro that day, but the fact he was beaten twenty-two lengths was far from encouraging.

Now on the comeback trail, he could play his hand in calmer waters at Cheltenham next weekend.

George said: "He was disappointing and obviously he was a long way from the horse he was at Cheltenham.

"Nothing really has come to light. All the tests he's had have been clear and nothing has shown up – I think we'll just have to put it down as a bad day at the office.

"He's back riding again now and seems fine, so we'll just have to carry on.

"He was beaten first time out Stratford last year and isn't the most straightforward horse. We very much felt our way with him last year, whereas this year he was in at the deep end against the best horses in the British Isles.

"I don't think the Christmas Hurdle would have been his thing last season, never mind this season.

Kempton wouldn't really be his track, I don't think, but there aren't that many options for him.

"We could give him an entry in the International at Cheltenham. We know he likes it there, so that might be an option.

"I think we'll just enter him up, see how he is and make sure we're happy with him."

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