Gordon Elliott feels Shadow Catcher has a live chance in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
Trained by Michael Dodds on the level, the son of 2000 Guineas winner Haafhd changed hands for 40,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October.
He won on his hurdling debut at Punchestown, beating the highly regarded Darroun, and finished second in the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle to Dermot Weld’s Hisaabaat.
“We like him a lot. He was unlucky not to win last time, I thought. He was very keen and they didn’t go fast enough,” the trainer said.
“That meant he found himself in front far too early and when the winner swept past he didn’t know what to do.
“We think the Triumph will be the perfect race for him because they always go flat out, and that is what he wants. He’s definitely going for the Triumph and we like him a lot.”