Wednesday 7 December 2016

Ivanovich Gorbatov set to run at Aintree

Published 29/03/2016 | 02:30

Ivanovich Gorbatov is set to return to Britain for next month’s Grand National meeting at Aintree. Photo: Healy Racing
Ivanovich Gorbatov is set to return to Britain for next month’s Grand National meeting at Aintree. Photo: Healy Racing

Triumph hurdle hero Ivanovich Gorbatov is set to return to Britain for next month's Grand National meeting at Aintree.

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The son of Montjeu was hugely impressive on his hurdling debut at Leopardstown over Christmas and while he disappointed in February's Spring Juvenile Hurdle, he bounced back to form to land the juvenile championship at the Cheltenham Festival.

The JP McManus-owned four-year-old is officially trained by Aidan O'Brien, but is essentially looked after by his son, Joseph.

O'Brien junior said: "He seemed to come out of Cheltenham very well and will go to Aintree all being well. It was a very special day and we enjoyed it."

Meanwhile, David O'Meara's French import Lord Of The Land is among 85 horses standing their ground at the five-day stage for the Betway Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.

The five-year-old, who cost €110,000 out of Andre Fabre's stable, will try to make up for the narrow defeat of compatriot Mondialiste who went within a quarter of a length of landing the big race on his British debut last season.

Lord Of The Land has been backed into favouritism at around 9/1 in the ante-post market ahead of the lightly-raced Mitraad, who is fancied to give trainer William Haggas a fourth win in the first major handicap of the Flat turf season.

Irish Independent

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