Leading Irish bumper horse Moscow Mannon is set to begin his hurdling career in the autumn, according to trainer Brian Hamilton.
Moscow Mannon was last seen finishing fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival behind fellow Irish raider Champagne Fever.
The six-year-old got to within five and a half lengths of Champagne Fever having previously won three races on the spin.
Moscow Mannon's first assignment over hurdles is likely to be at Down Royal in November.
“He's tipping away and we'll try to have him ready for Down Royal,” said Hamilton.
“We thought about running him over fences but it would be a bit unfair as he hasn't run in point-to-points or anything.
“He'll start over hurdles and we'll see what way he goes afterwards.”
Moscow Mannon began his career with third place in a Down Royal bumper in June 2011 but quickly discovered the winning habit.
He opened his account at Galway in July 2011 and was then given a break until December when he coped well with soft ground for the first time, scoring at Fairyhouse.
The son of Moscow Society then booked his place in the Cheltenham field by winning at Gowran Park in January.
Amateur rider Declan Lavery has partnered Moscow Mannon in all his races so far.
If the hurdling campaign goes well, there is every chance Moscow Mannon could return to Cheltenham for the 2013 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in March, although the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle over a longer distance is also a possibility.