David Pipe has confirmed Adagio firmly on track for a tilt on the Unibet Champion Hurdle following his encouraging return to motion at Wincanton on Saturday.
A Grade One winner within the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow final season, the five-year-old went on to complete second within the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and at Aintree.
He once more needed to make do with the runner-up spot on his seasonal debut within the Greatwood Hurdle in November, and needed to miss the Worldwide the next month after struggling a minor setback.
Pipe warned that his secure star would enhance for his comeback run within the Kingwell Hurdle and having regarded the most definitely winner early within the straight, he was finally outgunned by Goshen.
“He appears to have come out of all of it proper. He ran an honest race and all roads result in the Competition now,” mentioned the Pond Home handler.
“I believe he deserves to take his probability within the Champion Hurdle and that might be the plan.
“Outdoors of Honeysuckle it is an open race. Lots can occur between now and Cheltenham and I am unsure who’ll flip up, however clearly they’ve all obtained Honeysuckle to beat.”
With autumn wind surgical procedure delaying his reappearance and a subsequent damage protecting him off the observe for an extra three months, Pipe is praying for an incident-free three weeks.
“We simply desire a clear run now,” he added.
“We’ll fear about our horse and never fear in regards to the others.”