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Thursday 25 May 2017

Baie Des Iles sights set on Fairyhouse

It was still a good run and O’Sullivan is looking ahead to giving Baie Des Iles a second attempt at the Fairyhouse showpiece on Easter Monday. She was sixth to Rogue Angel last spring.
It was still a good run and O’Sullivan is looking ahead to giving Baie Des Iles a second attempt at the Fairyhouse showpiece on Easter Monday. She was sixth to Rogue Angel last spring.

Thomas Kelly

Ross O'Sullivan has the Irish Grand National as the main objective for Baie Des Iles again following her decent effort in the Welsh equivalent.

The Curragh trainer feels the six-year-old mare would have finished closer to the winner Native River than being beaten 23 lengths in fifth place had conditions at Chepstow been more testing.

It was still a good run and O'Sullivan is looking ahead to giving Baie Des Iles a second attempt at the Fairyhouse showpiece on Easter Monday. She was sixth to Rogue Angel last spring.

O'Sullivan intends giving her a prep run next month at either Punchestown or Newcastle.

"She is great since Chepstow. There is not a bother on her and she came out of the race really well," he said.

"Katie (Walsh) just felt that if the ground had been softer she would have even been a bit closer. Most years it's a lot heavier than what it was the other day. It was yielding to soft the other day, not heavy which she loves.

"The plan now is to probably run in the Irish National Trial in February at Punchestown. She was second in it last year to Bonny Kate.

"She won't be going to Aintree for the Grand National as she is too youngShe has only just turned six, and she won't be allowed to run in the National until she is seven. They brought in that rule a couple of years ago."

Raz De Maree's main objective is the Aintree Grand National on April 8 following his fine effort in the Welsh equivalent.

The Cork Grand National scorer closed the gap on top weight Native River to a length and three-quarters at the line in the Chepstow marathon.

Trainer Gavin Cromwell plans to send Raz De Maree back to Britain for his next race, the Betfred Eider Chase on February 25, before heading to Liverpool for the world's greatest steeplechase.

"It was a great run in Chepstow. It was just disappointing to come up against a horse like that," said the Navan handler. "He's come out of it good and has been in the form of his life."

Meanwhile, Valseur Lido could bid for compensation following his Lexus Chase eclipse in the Irish Gold Cup.

Henry de Bromhead's charge was among the leading fancies for last week's Leopardstown showpiece after running out an 11-length winner of a Down Royal Grade One on his seasonal bow.

However, he could finish only fourth in the Lexus and De Bromhead could now send Valseur Lido on a return trip to Leopardstown on February 12 now.

De Bromhead said: "About five strides before the last I thought he just started to paddle a tiny bit, then he winged it but emptied out.

"We'll see what we do, but he's in great form since the run. We'll see what everyone wants to do, we might give him the benefit of the doubt and look at the Irish Gold Cup. I haven't spoken to Michael and Eddie (O'Leary) about that yet."

Irish Independent

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