Festival four-miler favoured for Discorama

Paul Nolan (right) is targeting more big-race glory

Paul Nolan is favouring a crack at the four-mile National Hunt Novices’ Chase with Discorama.

Nolan’s six-year-old was a faller at the last when upsides winner Ballyward at Naas last time out, and the County Wexford trainer feels the step up in trip may bring about more improvement.

Over hurdles last season, Discorama finished second to Blow By Blow in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap.

“He’s in a couple of races (at the Cheltenham Festival), and we haven’t made up our minds just yet,” said Nolan.

“We probably are edging towards the four-miler, but we won’t rule out the RSA for the moment.

“He’s got a mark of 145 in Ireland – which would give him top weight in the novice handicap (Close Brothers) – so we’ll just leave our options open for a little bit.”

A soft-ground Festival would be no problem for Discorama.

Nolan added: “I don’t think cut in the ground affects him.

“At Naas the last day over three miles, he didn’t really travel early on but he stayed in the race with his jumping.

“More ease in the ground makes it easier for him to travel better. He doesn’t mind soft or heavy – he was second in the Martin Pipe last year on very testing ground – so it certainly wouldn’t inconvenience him.”