Quito to run next weekend
Quito De La Roque (wine) in action at Down Royal last year
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 8yo holds an entry in the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on December 9th and will be put in the Listed chase over three miles and one furlong at Aintree 24 hours earlier.
Murphy was pleased with Quito De La Roque's third place behind Kauto Stone in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal four weeks ago - his first racecourse action since last Christmas.
"He's in the John Durkan and we'll give him an entry at Aintree in the three-mile Listed chase the day before," said the Co Wexford trainer.
"We'll stick him in there and have a look. It will give us another option and it looks like he'll run in one or the other. He ran well at Down Royal and I'm hoping he'll come on a bit for it."
The Stowaway, Western Whisper mating has produced winners like Western Leader, Mart Lane and Lough Roe Lady in the past and their son, Outlander successfully graduated from the point-to-point ranks to take the O'Doherty's Audio & Video (Pro/Am) Flat Race at Fairyhouse under Patrick Mullins.