Psycho reports for Thurles duty
Published 05/01/2011 | 11:23
Tony Martin is keeping his fingers crossed Psycho can show his true colours in the Beamish Stout Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase at Thurles on Thursday.
Having impressed on his penultimate start at Naas, the nine-year-old was a leading contender for the Vote AP Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month.
But after making an error early on, his jumping fell to pieces and he was eventually pulled up.
"He was unlucky at Cheltenham as he landed on top of the fifth fence and then just lost all confidence in his jumping," said Martin.
"We'll just have to see how he gets on, but we popped him over a few fences the other day and he seemed to school well.
"Hopefully he's back on song. It's only a small field tomorrow so we can pop round and see what happens."
Psycho faces just three rivals in the Grade Three contest, with Adrian Maguire's Let Yourself Go joining him on 11st 10lb.
The Willie Mullins-trained Quiscover Fontaine and Paul Nolan's Clan Tara complete the field.