Tyner's Business to step up
ROBERT Tyner yesterday outlined plans for some of the leading lights at his respected Kinsale-based stable, with the promising mare Oscars Business due to step up to Listed company at Fairyhouse this Sunday.
A three-time point-to-point winner, Oscars Business cantered home by 11 lengths in a two-mile bumper at Navan early in December.
On her hurdling bow at Limerick three weeks later, she scored in similar fashion over two furlongs further, and the eight-year-old is one of 14 to have been entered for Sunday's €25,000 mares' novice hurdle over the same trip.
Also engaged is the Colin Bowe-trained Glibin. Twelve lengths behind Oscars Business at Limerick, Glibin subsequently paid her conqueror a fine compliment with a comfortable triumph at Thurles, though Tyner isn't getting carried away on the basis of that just yet.
"She goes well on soft ground, so she will run Sunday and we'll see how she gets on there," he said of his daughter of Oscar Schindler. "Glibin came out and won a little race at Thurles, so that was nice to see, but we wouldn't be getting too excited."
Tyner also confirmed that Askthemaster would bid to supply him with a second victory in the Boylesports.com Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday week, before returning to Cheltenham for the Grand Annual Chase, a race he finished a gallant second in last year.
Continuing his trainer's excellent record in competitive handicaps at the Foxrock venue, that one obliged for a second time at the track when taking a two-and-a-quarter-mile hurdle on St Stephen's Day.
While Askthemaster retains plenty of pace despite his 12 years and will race off a 16lb lower than he would over fences, Tyner is aware of the challenge that faces him in the valuable two-mile contest that he recorded a famous victory in with Spring The Que five years ago.
"Askthemaster is well in at Leopardstown on his chase form," he admitted of the 16/1 shot. "But, at the end of the day, he is a 12-year-old running in one of the most competitive handicap hurdles that will be run all season. He has always been a good horse, but he had his problems, so we were thrilled to get the win there last time.
"Hopefully, he will run well again, and we can look forward to going back to Cheltenham with him for the Grand Annual then."
Tyner added that By The Hour, successful on the Irish Champion Hurdle card 12 months ago before going on to finish third in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase in February, would also return to Leopardstown on the same day for her next start.
A runner-up at Galway and Punchestown on her first two outings this term, the nine-year-old mare slipped up on entering the back straight at Cork last time and is a general 20/1 shot for the Leopardstown Chase.
Cape Blanco, meanwhile, has been honoured for his excellent hat-trick of Stateside Grade Ones by being named the Champion Turf Horse of 2011 at the Eclipse Awards in America.
Aidan O'Brien's 2010 Irish Derby and Champion Stakes hero, ridden by Jamie Spencer throughout what proved to be his final campaign, triumphed in the Man O'War Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont, either side of an impressive coup in the Arlington Million.