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No pressure for Pulse

Cheltenham is not the "be-all-and-end-all" for Racing Pulse, according to his trainer John Quinn.

The five-year-old created a big impression when storming clear on his hurdling debut at Newcastle in December, but was a beaten favourite at Cheltenham on New Year's Day and was turned over at odds-on at Musselburgh last Sunday.

Quinn is confident his charge is better than he showed at the Scottish track and will not rush him back to the racecourse.

"He didn't run his race. He seems to have come out of it okay, but they are not machines and he obviously had an off day," said the trainer.

"I'll give him a bit of time now and wait until the ground dries up.

"I need to speak to his owner, but Cheltenham isn't the be-all-and-end-all for him.

"It wouldn't be the end of the world if he doesn't go there, as he's a nice horse but still a bit immature."