Martin Keighley is weighing up the options for Any Currency
Last Updated: 18/03/14 1:22pm
Any Currency: Could run in France
Martin Keighley's long-planned search for his first Cheltenham Festival winner ended in agonising defeat but there are still some enticing spring options remaining for Any Currency.
As an 11-year-old, the gelding has been revitalised by the cross-country discipline and after his entire season revolved around the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase, he ended up being beaten a short head by course specialist Balthazar King.
"It looked like he was going to get there, but it didn't happen," said Keighley.
"We've got a few options to think about over the next few days. He might go over to France for a cross-country race, but Balthazar King might be going there and we'd be keen to dodge him.
"There's also a four-mile banks race at Punchestown (the La Touche Cup) and then there's the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. He likes Sandown and has run well there before, so he'll have one more run in one of those races before we try again at Cheltenham next year."
Keighley's other Festival runners did not really cut the mustard this time, but Champion Court, who was seventh from top-weight in the Byrne Group Plate, has a chance to make amends.
"He'll be entered for the Topham at Aintree as he jumps so well and the handicapper could give him a chance if he drops him back to the mark from which he won the Silver Trophy at Cheltenham last April," said Keighley.
The trainer's first Grade One winner, the Feltham star Annacotty, will have a summer break after running eighth in the RSA while Creepy is also bound for the fields.
Keighley felt his outing in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle was one too many for this season and Creepy will embark upon a novice chasing career in the autumn.