Gordon Elliott will train Shattered Love as a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender this season despite her defeat at Down Royal on Saturday.
The seven-year-old was a dual Grade 1 winner as a novice over fences last season, including an impressive display in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
She made her seasonal reappearance in a Grade 2 contest last weekend and finished second to Snow Falcon over a trip short of her best.
“Shattered Love ran well, she just blew up and ran on again to the line,” said Elliott.
“I don’t know where she’ll go next but she’s a proper mare, she’ll have come on no end for the race.
“I’m looking forward to getting her back out but she’ll have to be competing in all those Grade 1s now, it’s hard to place her.
“I’ll definitely be training her as a Gold Cup horse.”
Malone Road created a big impression in a bumper at Down Royal, carrying the famous colours of Cheveley Park Stud.
A winning point-to-pointer, he was bought for £325,000 and Jamie Codd made all the running on the four-year-old
“He’s been showing us all the right signs, he had to do the donkey work, which wasn’t ideal, but Jamie was very happy with him,” Elliott told At The Races.
“I loved the way he quickened, he settles and it’s great to get a nice horse for Cheveley Park.”