BLACK OP is set to return to hurdles after disappointing in two runs over fences.
Last year’s Ballymore runner-up jumped poorly in the Dipper Novices’ Chase and will likely have his next start in the Cleeve Hurdle.
Tom George’s gelding was one of the stars of the novice hurdle scene last season, finishing runner-up behind Samcro at Cheltenham before breaking his Grade 1 duck in the Mersey at Aintree.
However, things have not gone to plan so far this campaign since he’s been switched to fences, with two defeats in novice events at Exeter and Cheltenham.
The trainer wrote on www.tomgeorgeracing.co.uk: “Black Op did well to finish a close third in the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on Tuesday after a catalogue of jumping errors.
“Following discussions with his owner Roger Brookhouse, Noel Fehily and jumping expert Yogi Breisner, we have decided that he should revert back to hurdles for the remainder of the season.
“Yogi, who has had a couple of sessions with him recently, would like to have him for a spell over the summer months to do some extensive schooling before a decision is made regarding his chasing career.
“He is likely to make his reappearance back over the smaller obstacles in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham later this month.”