Monday 25 September 2017

Maguire weighs up Rocker options

Two Rockers
Two Rockers

Adrian Maguire is undecided as to whether to let Two Rockers tackle Sunday's Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan.

The eight-year-old achieved a rating in the 140s over hurdles when trained by Alan King, but disappointed in Britain last season and joined Maguire late in 2014.

He has made a fine start for his new trainer in the point-to-point sphere, winning three of his four starts, and is as short as 8-1 for the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Maguire has warned, however, that his charge is far from certain to head to Prestbury Park next month.

"We're just sitting tight and we'll see what's likely to turn up in the Navan race before we make a decision," Maguire said.

"He's run in four point-to-points for us, he's won three and was unlucky the last day at the last when it looked like he would have won (unseated rider).

"He has an engine, but he's obviously had a few problems along the way as well. He's in good heart at the moment, though.

"It's all a bit up in the air at the moment. There are a few options coming up for him and we'll just wait and see what we do.

"I have another horse for the Cheltenham race."

The horse in question is Seventh Sign, who like Two Rockers is owned by Masterson Holdings and was formerly trained by King.

He chased home Prince De Beauchene in a hunter chase at Thurles last month and won his third point-to-point last weekend.

"He's also won three of his four points and was just touched off in his other," said Maguire.

"He was a good second to Prince De Beauchene in Thurles. There's nothing wrong with that and Prince De Beauchene doesn't qualify for Cheltenham.

"The third from Thurles (Aurora Bell) won in Down Royal on Wednesday, so the form is good.

"He could go to Cheltenham and, if he does, Declan Queally would ride him."

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