Evan Williams might drop Silver Streak right into a handicap after the eight-year-old produced a considerably disappointing effort when fourth of six within the Betfair Combating Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday.
Having chased house Sceau Royal on his seasonal debut at Kempton, hopes had been excessive that final season’s Christmas Hurdle winner would present his finest within the aggressive Grade One occasion.
Nevertheless, Adam Wedge’s mount failed to fireside and was crushed eight lengths by Not So Sleepy and Epatante, who dead-heated.
Williams mentioned: “He’s grand, however he simply did not soar and you’ll’t win these races when you do not soar.
“I suppose he will likely be entered within the Christmas Hurdle, however I’d enter him in a handicap – the Betfair Alternate Trophy Handicap Hurdle (previously often known as the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle) – as a result of they’ve dropped him 4lb for Saturday’s run.
“I’d go to Ascot with him and drop him down. I used to be simply disenchanted by the best way he jumped.
“We could have just a little test to see that we’re not lacking one thing, however he’s grand in himself and appears completely superb.
“He popped over a few hurdles on Monday, simply because I could not fairly work out why he was so poor, however there was nothing apparent.
“We’ll put him in every part, so he has choices. He could have an entry within the Betfair Alternate Trophy – the entries shut right this moment (Tuesday) and he will likely be entered within the Christmas Hurdle, and we’ll go from there.”
The Llancarfan coach is conserving a watchful eye on the climate forward of the weekend, with promising mare Present Temper holding an entry in Sandown’s Grade Two Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle on Friday.
The six-year-old has gained two from three over hurdles, however Williams could swerve the race and keep nearer to house for her subsequent run.
He mentioned: “Present Temper is entered at Sandown on Friday, however I’d keep watch over that, because the race I would love to run her in comes at Haydock in a few weeks’ time – a mares’ Listed novice hurdle, which I feel I would like to go to.
“I would not need to sniff at any black kind along with her although, as she is a grand mare and I wish to discover a little bit of black kind along with her. She will likely be entered in all these graded novices’ simply to hunt a little bit of black kind.”
Like many trainers, Williams is determined for the bottom to ease after a thus-far dry winter.
He admitted: “I’ve a few good horses entered at Sandown on Saturday – Mack The Man and Esprit Du Giant – within the Listed Betfair Every day Rewards December Handicap Hurdle, however they may do with a drop of rain.
“I’ve a few good ones within the Betfair Alternate London Nationwide Handicap Chase, however additionally they want a drop of rain.
“No Rematch is a pleasant horse, however needs correct smooth floor, whereas Fado Des Brosses is one other good staying horse who needs smooth floor and I am determined to get a begin into them, however we now have to do what’s finest for them.
“They’ve began to again up with me just a little bit. I’ve loads of soft-ground horses that want correct rain. It is vitally irritating for individuals, however the job will come.”