Andrew Lynch points Ben Dundee at the Cheltenham Festival after his narrow defeat in the precious Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown.
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase and the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase are the competitions that the County Meath manager will choose from in March.
Lynch won’t put Ben Dundee over the fences before then, but he could prepare an exit for him to overcome obstacles.
“He’s going to Cheltenham for one of those amateur races,” he said.
“Jump fences better than jumping obstacles. I don’t know why, but it does.
“We could give it a run in an obstacle course here first just to refine it. I’m not sure which race we’re going to do yet.”
Lynch was delighted with Ben Dundee’s effort at Leopardstown, despite the agony of seeing his 33-1 shot lead on the final fence only to be caught close to home and drop half-length at School Boy Hours in the 28th round. runners over an extended three-mile stretch.
“It was great, but it’s a shame it didn’t last the last few steps,” he added.
“We were really happy with him and he almost got there. He came out well.”