Noel Williams is eyeing a ‘real bonus’ with Fontwell winner Hot Whiskey N Ice.
But the Oxfordshire trainer insists adding to Sunday’s totepool.com Supports The Racehorse Sanctuary Novices’ Hurdle victory – at 3/1 – is not crucial.
He believes punters will not see the best of the five-year-old son of Milan until he goes chasing next season.
Williams said: ‘This looked like a fairly competitive little heat but I wasn’t afraid to take them on because I like this fella.
‘Jumping fences will be his game, though.
‘Hopefully he has a nice future ahead of him.
‘I’ll give him a bit of time now because he has had two races quite close together.
‘There is not a huge amount of him and he will do very well for another summer on his back.
‘I’ll go quietly with him for a little bit but we might just give him another run (over hurdles).
‘Wayne (Hutchinson, jockey) seemed to think he might be capable of winning under a penalty, so that would be lovely. That would be a real bonus.
‘But it won’t be the end of the world if he doesn’t because I will probably go straight jumping fences with him next season.’
Hot Whiskey N Ice was sent to the front by Hutchinson with two hurdles left to jump.
And he kept finding more under pressure to hold off runner-up Howlongisafoot by three-quarters-of-a-length.
It was a first win over hurdles for the former Irish pointer – and only a second success all season for Williams.
Hot Whiskey N Ice won on his bumper bow at Uttoxeter in November – beating subsequent hurdles scorers Forthefunofit and Son of Suzie in the process.
He was then second to Boogie In The Barn at Kempton on his debut over the smaller obstacles.
And he continued to impress his boss at Fontwell.
‘He wasn’t desperately expensive but I just thought he was a very athletic type,’ said Williams.
‘He had shown a bit of form in more than one Irish point-to-point that I liked and when I got him home I just chucked him out in the field.
‘He just needed a bit of time and since then all he has done is please me.
‘He is not a quick horse but he sticks to his task really well.
‘I was really pleased with him in his bumper.
‘That was very encouraging and the form has worked out very well.
‘It looked like a nice race at Kempton, too.’