Monday 27 March 2017

Minsk ready to make debut over hurdles

Triumph Hurdle hopeful Minsk is finally due to make his debut over timber in the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Now with Dessie Hughes, the four-year-old won his final three outings on the level for John Oxx, including the Irish Cesarewitch.

Owner Barry Connell has some grand plans for him, culminating in the Melbourne Cup. Having taken well to schooling, Minsk is as low as 6/1 for the Triumph, but is unlikely to have an easy introduction this weekend.

Willie Mullins has several entries, with the likes of Darroun, Ut De Sivola and Midnight Oil having already shown a good level of form. Noel Meade's Bat Masterson is also among the 16 entered in the Grade Two heat.

Cheltenham trainer Martin Keighley has been dealt a blow with the news Havingotascoobydo is out for the season through injury.

The seven-year-old was second favourite for next month's Cheltenham Novices' Chase (formerly Centenary Novices' Chase), but he has damaged his back and won't run again this term.

At Carlisle yesterday, Denis O'Regan again showed he is riding with renewed confidence as the Cork native was seen to great effect aboard Beamazed in the featured Cumberland Show Handicap Chase.

Having fallen and unseated his rider on his last two starts, Malcolm Jefferson's 16/1 chance barely put a foot wrong in beating Vamizi by five lengths.

Irish Independent

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