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Published 29/02/2012 | 10:10

Boston Bob: Cheltenham options
Boston Bob: Cheltenham options

Graham Wylie says no decision has been made on which race Boston Bob will go for at Cheltenham.

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The seven-year-old is unbeaten in three starts since joining Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins and heads the betting for the three-mile Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle as well as being a prominent contender for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

"I'm going to leave it up to Willie," said Wylie.

"Two weeks ago he was leaning towards running in the Neptune, a week ago he was leaning towards the Albert Bartlett and now Fingal Bay is out of the Neptune so Willie is thinking about that again.

"I would imagine in around 10 days he'll make a decision one way or another."

Wylie's only other major Festival contender is the Paul Nicholls-trained Prospect Wells, who will line up in the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Although disappointing in the Tolworth Hurdle on his latest appearance, his owner hopes a subsequent breathing operation can see him bounce back to form.

"I've spoken to Paul and he tells me Prospect Wells has had the breathing operation and seems to be back in good form," Wylie added.

"He'll be fit and ready for the Supreme and I think we can put a line through his last run as that is when the breathing issue came to light.

"We thought it might just be because it had come too soon after his run in the Ladbroke, but Ruby (Walsh) said he could feel there was a problem before the first turn.

"Hopefully that is behind him now and he can run well at Cheltenham."

Wylie's Felix Yonger won a decent novice hurdle at Naas on Sunday, but is not certain to make the trip to Cheltenham, while enigmatic veteran Tidal Bay will not be lining up in the Gold Cup after disappointing at Newbury recently.

"Felix Yonger is in three races at Cheltenham but I spoke to Willie after he ran the other day and told him I wasn't concerned if he didn't go," the owner continued.

"If Willie decides he wants him to run, then that's fine, but I didn't mind because I'm not sure if his jumping would stand up to the test.

"Tidal Bay won't be running in the Gold Cup. We might go to Aintree with him."

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