Flem is the Star in Durkan
Flemenstar impresses at Punchestown
(Healy Racing Photos)
Casey said, “I’m delighted with that, and he’s still not ready! He’ll go to Leopardstown at Christmas and will get three miles. I’ve never had any doubt about him getting three miles.
“We’ll have to see how he comes out of this race first. There is the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase as well as the Lexus. I don’t want to get to the bottom of him at this stage and, if we feel its best for the horse, he could go for the two-mile race at Christmas.
“The Gold Cup is still the plan long term.”
However owner Stephen Curran later ruled out the possibility of dropping the winner back in trip.
Willie Mullins was not too down beat about Sir Des Champs losing his unbeaten record saying, "I'd rather have won but Flemenstar took the race by the scruff of the neck. It was a good performance and he deserved it.
"My fellow ran a good solid race, and there is a lot to look forward to. He will probably run at Christmas and I will have to chat to the owners.
"He's entered in the Lexus, King George and the Dial-A-Bet. He could run in the two-mile race to get further experience but we will have to see how he comes out of this and discuss it."
Happy New Year recorded a game victory at Punchestown under Shane Crimin as he repelled all challengers to take the two and a half mile 16-runner handicap hurdle.