Trainer Peter Bowen has said that he intends to give Rolling Maul one more outing before they focus on the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket.
Rolling Maul, a nine-year-old, has been extremely impressive since switching codes. He has won three out of three on Flat and enjoyed victory at the July Course earlier in the month.
There are now plans to give the six times hurdle winner a preparatory run before the valuable two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap on October 14.
Speaking earlier this week Bowen said, “He has done well on the Flat. He was at the top of his mark over hurdles and he had won his novice chase, but he hadn’t really taken to fences. He slid into a fence at Aintree two or three seasons ago and has never jumped the same since. Although he has won again over hurdles, it has knocked his confidence and he has not got the zest for it like he did.”
However, Bowen said that he is a “really good work horse” who always “really tries”. He said they thought to try him on the Flat and that they are hoping he will get into the Cesarewitch.
He added that they will run him again but he doesn’t think that they will target the Cesarewitch Trial. Instead, they will look for something easier as he doesn’t want to give the horse a hard race before the Cesarewitch and he mentioned Ffos Las as a possibility.
“The Cesarewitch has been on the back of our mind for a while as we tried it a few years ago with Mr Ed and he was only beaten half a length in it. Two and a quarter miles will help him as well.”