Trainer Paul Nolan is more than pleased after Noble Prince’s recent workout, following his successful breathing operation, ahead of the Ryanair Chase at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

Already a winner at Cheltenham, Paul Nolan knows exactly what’s required from Noble Prince to once again triumph next week. He may have won out in the 2011 Jewson Novices’ Chase at last season’s Festival, the eight-year-old was among a small team Nolan took for a racecourse workout at the Curragh at the start of the week.

“We are happy at this stage with the few we are taking to Cheltenham, as long as we can keep them sound until then,” said Nolan.

“We worked them over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh on a lovely bit of fresh ground on grass.

“Noble Prince seems very well. All has gone well with him so far and he’s had no setbacks. Hopefully he will be fine for Thursday.

It is still unknown who will partner Noble Prince on the day as first choice Tony McCoy has already been ear-marked to ride Alberta’s Run for Jonjo O’Neill, but nothing has yet been confirmed so Nolan is keeping his options open for the time-being, although Davy Russell looks to be in the frame with Nolan saying:

“”I’d say Davy Russell will ride our lad, if that’s the case. He’s a man in form, he’s ridden a lot of winners this season. Davy’s ridden our lad plenty, he won on him earlier this year at Naas. I believe there’s little rain forecast which is all in our favour and it looks like being better ground than last year.”