Proof heading straight to Supreme
Totesport Trophy winner Recession Proof is set to swerve the Paddy Power Imperial Cup on Saturday week and head straight to Cheltenham.
Connections had been considering a tilt at the Sandown race before the Festival, with a £75,000 bonus up for grabs from the sponsors if the winner should go on to success at any race at Cheltenham.
Trainer John Quinn said: "I think we'll bypass the Imperial Cup and run in the Supreme and if he ran well without winning, he'd probably run in the County Hurdle as well."
The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding is a 9-1 chance for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with Paddy Power and 11-1 favourite for the County Hurdle.