“Just looking back at all his form last year, all he did over two miles was stay galloping. He probably did his best work from the back of the last to the line,” Olly Murphy told Sky Sports Racing.
“I had a chat with Andrew Brooks (owner) on the way back from Cheltenham on Sunday and we decided to go jumping fences with him, so that is the plan of action.”
Murphy warned against writing Thomas Darby off.
“He is a horse who needs a truly-run race and is seen at his best coming off a strong gallop,” said the Warwickshire handler.
“I wanted him to have a good experience first time over fences. I think a lot of people have written this horse off and it’s foolish to have done so.
“He might go Carlisle a week on Sunday, but it wouldn’t want to be bottomless there and there’s a two-mile two beginners’ chase at Kempton in the next 10 days.”
“His jumping was good from day one. He’s very economical. He’s not exuberant, he’s just neat and quick and gets from A to B quicker than most horses would,” he said.
“He couldn’t have made a better start over fences and in hindsight I’m just glad I didn’t go to Cheltenham (November meeting) with him. I think a lot of horses got very hard races there.
“He had a nice time of things in Taunton and he’s a horse that puts a smile on my face.
“He’s going for the Henry VIII at Sandown. A strong two miles suits him well.”
Murphy has his fingers crossed Hunter’s Call can stand up to the rigours of training and make a comeback.
The nine-year-old has been sidelined since winning a valuable handicap hurdle at Ascot in December 2017.
“He’s in light canters at the moment. He’s very fragile,” he said.
“Looking back on it, he didn’t just win, he absolutely bolted up. He had the likes of Silver Streak behind him that day.
“It’s a big ‘if’, if we can get him back, but if we can it will be a big achievement by everyone because he’s a very fragile type. though he’s got a lot of ability.”