Harty in no rush over Coney target

A decision has still to be made over which race Coney Island will run in at the Cheltenham Festival.

Coney Island: Has options at Cheltenham

Eddie Harty's six-year-old, a Grade One winner in the Drinmore Novice Chase, is prominent in the ante-post betting for both the JLT Novices' Chase and the RSA Chase at around 10-1.

"He could go straight there, we might take him away for a racecourse gallop," said Harty. "Sometimes you can be better off going there fresh, anyway.

"He's in good form, we gave him a good break after his last race and he's currently very full of himself.

"Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly between now and then."

He went on: "At the moment I'm not favouring one race over another, I've spoken to Frank (Berrry, owner JP McManus' racing manager) about it and we're just going to keep our options open.

"There's no rush, I'm not going to train him differently for one race or the other.

"There's no point committing this far out, so much can happen as we've already seen recently.

"The key thing is he's only a young horse and I'm not just thinking about March but the rest of his career."

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