Boston Bob could be aimed at the World Hurdle in March after connections decided to send him back over the smaller obstacles. The Willie Mullins trained eight-year-old has long been touted as a Gold Cup star of the future but after meeting with a setback, he could now revert back to the Hurdles. Boston Bob fell in the RSA Chase at the Festival last season when leading the race at the last, before he fell once again at the Punchestown Festival last time out. Those jumping mistakes, combined with a problem at home, have ensured that a run over hurdles at Christmas is now on the agenda for Boston Bob.
Connections of the eight-year-old have never hidden how highly they rate the horse but so far he has only shown flashes of that potential. The season before last he finished second in the Albert Barlett Hurdle at Cheltenham before embarking on a novice chasing career last season. He picked up two solid wins to go into the Spring as one to watch but after those two falls, it appears as though it is back to the drawing board.
It is understood that a return to hurdles will put less strain on Boston Bob which could well mean that we start to see him fulfilling his undoubted class. The World Hurdle division is a highly competitive one this season though with Big Buck's returning from injury to take on the likes of Solwhit, At Fishers Cross and Celestial Halo among others. Boston Bob would however certainly add another layer of quality to the race if he does head to the Festival with connections hopeful he will return to hurdles in good form.
Owner Graham Wylie has already enjoyed plenty of World Hurdle success during his career with the legendary Inglis Drever. Trainer by Howard Johnson, Inglis Drever won the World Hurdle on no less than three occasions and while it is clear that Boston Bob still has plenty to prove, he could yet be a major contender at the Festival in March. As always, the bookmakers have reacted quickly to the news with 16/1 the stand-out World Hurdle price for Boston Bob at this early stage of the campaign.