Connections have confirmed that L’homme Presse will do battle with Bravemansgame and Ahoy Senor in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase on Wednesday, as opposed to a run in the Turners the following day.
The winner of the Dipper of New Year’s Day, the Herefordshire runner will take the step up in trip to duel with his British counterparts at Prestbury Park, with a clash between Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs all but confirmed for Thursday’s opener.
A Grade 1 victor, he has been well supported in recent days to see off Kauto Star winner Bravemansgame and the interesting Ahoy Senor, who recorded facile successes at Newbury and Wetherby, respectively, either side of his Kempton Park second.
Trained by Venetia Williams, owner Andy Edwards explained the narrative behind the decision to send their charge up in trip.
"We were always going to be dictated by what the ground was going to do and if the conditions were softer, we would have gone for the Turners", he told At The Races.
“We said to Venetia to do what is best for the horse and after having a discussion earlier today, we have agreed that the Brown Advisory is the right race for him.
“If you look at the start of the Brown Advisory, they start at a more gentle pace. They get into a nice rhythm, as it is a long run to the first fence and it is nicely presented. It is much more confidence-building. That is one of the main reasons why he goes there.
“There is no question L’Homme Presse has loads of natural ability, but this is going to be another big test for him. He has done nothing wrong so far and hopefully, he will run well.”