Doctor Bravo set for Ballymore at Cheltenham after Down Royal win

Gordon Elliott has hinted that Doctor Bravo is more likely to feature in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham after he beat The Big Doyen in the Molson Coors Beverage Company Maiden Hurdle.

Peter Fahey's The Big Doyen was sent off the 10/11 favourite to open his account over timber at Down Royal having finished second at both Punchestown and Fairyhouse already this season.

Having travelled sweetly throughout for Kevin Sexton, he ended up needing to pull wide in the straight to make his challenge while Davy Russell stayed on the rail on Doctor Bravo (11/10), who eventually pulled two and three-quarter lengths clear.

Gordon Elliott has entered Doctor Bravo in both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Ballymore at Cheltenham but intimated afterwards the latter would be more likely.

Willie Mullins' Dark Raven, who was having his first run for 631 days when beating Doctor Bravo on St Stephen's Day, is a possible for the Dublin Racing Festival.

"He's a nice horse but probably wants a bit further," said Elliott.

"Davy said he did well because it was a messy race and he kind of got stuck in a pocket. He showed a good attitude and he said the best of him was from the last to the line."

Elliott also took the concluding bumper with the impressive 15-length winner No Time To Wait (6/4) who previously had finished third to Mullins' Ile Atlantique at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.

The winner was given a 10/1 quote by Paddy Power for the Champion Bumper in March but whether he runs there sounds debateable at present.

Elliott said: "He's a big galloping horse. A horse for next year, a fine big horse. Look he is a horse to go jumping in the future to be honest. He won't jump a hurdle this year, he jumps well at home but is a horse for next year."

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