Wednesday 18 October 2017

No National for headache

Conor O'Dwyer believes Hangover has a "good each-way shout" in the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday.

The eight-year-old gelding has yet to finish outside the first four in six starts over fences but let down favourite-backers on his latest appearance at Navan.

His trainer believes there were excuses for that disappointing effort, and feels the testing conditions will be right up his street at Fairyhouse.

"He did a nice bit of work on Wednesday morning and seems in great form, so it's all systems go," said County Kildare-based O'Dwyer.

"I was very disappointed with his run in Navan the last day but the yard just wasn't firing at the time and even though he seemed quite healthy, it was definitely a below-par run.

"He has been in good form since and, providing the weights don't change too much, Nicky O'Shea will ride him.

"We know he'll like the ground and while he's stepping up in trip, he galloped home well in the Thyestes over three miles, so I can't see the extra few furlongs doing him any harm.

"If he can reproduce that Thyestes run and is in the same sort of form, I think he has a good each-way shout."

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