Cheltenham possibility for Brave

Connections of the remarkable Wicklow Brave have not ruled out sending Willie Mullins' dual-purpose performer back over hurdles.

Arctic Fire: 'So far, so good'.

The 2015 County Hurdle winner provided Mullins with a first Classic success on the Flat when winning the Irish St Leger at the Curragh in September.

However, he disappointed when a leading contender for the Melbourne Cup and could now even head back to the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Owner Nick Peacock said: "He is absolutely fine and I'm not sure what we're going to do with him yet.

"It's a possibility he may turn up at Cheltenham. If he doesn't go there I suppose we could look at the Yorkshire Cup or something like that.

"He's been entered for the race in Dubai (Gold Cup), but I'm not sure about that. The ground is very fast at Meydan and I think Wicklow prefers a bit of cut."

Meanwhile, Peacock remains hopeful that stablemate Arctic Fire will return to competitive action before the end of the season.

After having been placed behind Hurricane Fly on two occasions, the eight-year-old turned the tables in the 2015 Champion Hurdle, only to find another Willie Mullins inmate, Faugheen, too strong up the Cheltenham hill.

Arctic Fire deservedly broke his duck at Grade One level in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse later that year, but was once again no match for Faugheen in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown 12 months ago and has since been on the sidelines.

Peacock said: "The news is favourable as he's back in work. Obviously if there's a recurrence of the injury, that might be it, but he's been back in work for six weeks and everything is going well at this stage.

"I don't know whether he'll make Cheltenham or not. After being off a year, there's a lot to do to get him straight. It's a case of so far, so good."

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