Ryan Potter is aiming for Betfair Hurdle with Jetoile after finishing the best of others behind rookie Constitution Hill on Saturday.
After modest wins in Chepstow and Leicester, the seven-year-old became the coach’s first grade one runner in the Tolworth Hurdle in Sandown.
And while he couldn’t compete with Nicky Henderson’s runaway winner, who is now the favorite for the Supreme Novices hurdle at Cheltenham, Potter was proud of his steady star’s performance in defeat.
He said: “I was happy with him. The winner is obviously a car and our horse made a blinker – I couldn’t be happier.
“It was a great day for the team. We always knew he was good enough to run at that level. We just hoped Constitution Hill wasn’t as good as everyone said, but he sure was!
“He came out absolutely well. He actually didn’t have a difficult race because once Lorcan (Williams, jockey) realized he wasn’t going to win, he only hit him once behind the saddle because he had stitched up quite easily.
“I’m not sure, but I guess we will make an entrance for Betfair Hurdle in Newbury. Beginners have a good record and we will probably increase the handicap, so it should go down with a reduced weight.
“He’ll probably have a voice for Cheltenham, but I guess we’ll avoid him and wait for Aintree.”
Potter is already excited to see what Jetoile can achieve in the next term when his focus is on the bigger obstacles.
He added: “Whatever he does this season is a bonus – he’s a chaser in the making.
“Lorcan came down to him on Saturday and said ‘this kid is going to be amazing when he goes hunting’ – that will be his game.
“We’re just trying to keep one piece and keep it in the yard – let’s hope no one tries to buy it!”