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Thursday 21 August 2014

Inis gears up for Leopardstown

Published 22/01/2013 | 14:45

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Inis Meain, left, is heading for the Boylesport.com Hurdle

Trainer Denis Hogan is tuning up Inis Meain for his major assignment in the Boylesports.com Hurdle on Saturday.

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Although also entered in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, the County Tipperary trainer says his prime objective is Leopardstown's valuable handicap.

The sponsors have taken no chances about the six-year-old, who was a laughably easy winner on the Flat on his most recent outing at Listowel in September, and make him their ante-post favourite.

Inis Meain had scored on three other occasions on the Flat during the summer since a moderate run in a conditional riders' handicap hurdle at Aintree.

"Leopardstown is plan A, although there's still a little time to go and I have a bit of work to do with him yet," said Hogan.

"He had been running all summer and hadn't had a long time off after Aintree, so I wanted to give him a break."

Inis Meain has recently been purchased by powerful Irish owner Barry Connell, and Hogan said: "It's great to have Barry involved in the yard and hopefully we can be lucky for him."

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