Monday 21 August 2017

Prince ready for Drinmore

Paul Nolan is still aiming Noble Prince at the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse next weekend, despite missing an engagement at Punchestown last week.

The six-year-old looked as though he could take high rank over fences after a winning debut last month. Nolan had hoped to get more experience into him before stepping up to the highest level, but a stone bruise prevented that.

"He seems to be 100pc and he'll have missed very little and is still on course for the Drinmore," said the Wexford handler. "The last few years, it has taken place in dour conditions. We were second to Pandorama last year with Alpha Ridge and there was a distance back to the third. With the weather we are having now it doesn't seem like it is going to be any different.

"Noble Prince is pacy, so testing ground would be a worry. I'd say it will be a three-mile race over two and a half."

Also set to line up is Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel, a seven-length winner at Down Royal earlier in the month.

"Bostons Angel has taken to fences really well and I'm delighted with him," said Harrington.

Harrington also had news on Summit Meeting, fourth behind Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham, which is due to run on the same card. "Summit Meeting will go for the Hatton's Grace, hopefully it will be a big day," she added.

Irish Independent

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