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Bumper Christmas has Dan poised for Cleeve

The Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham is under consideration for Oscar Dan Dan following his fine effort in defeat at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The eight-year-old has enjoyed a productive season so far, winning a conditions hurdle at Thurles, the Grade One Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse and chasing home Power-station in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle on December 28.

While Big Buck's dominates the staying hurdle division, trainer Tom Mullins feels Oscar Dan Dan is capable of mixing it with the rest and he may travel to Prestbury Park on January 30 in readiness for a crack at the World Hurdle.

"We were very happy with him and he ran another great race," said Mullins. "He got a bit tapped for toe at one stage but he stayed on well from the last flight and saw out the three miles well.

"There is a three-mile conditions hurdle at Gowran Park we'll have a look at later this month but if it was going to be bad ground, we might have a look at the Cleeve Hurdle as well.

"I see Big Buck's isn't going there and I think we're up there with the rest of them, so if they got a bit of nice ground we might just end up travelling for that.

"The World Hurdle is the plan for him at the moment as I think on ratings, behind Big Buck's, there is not a lot to chose between a good few of us."


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