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Eustace back for Kidney Research race worth getting behind

Dual Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace is set to come out of retirement to run again in the Punchestown Festival, it was revealed today.

The 13-year-old, who was a three-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival and a 15-time winner in an illustrious career, will now make a final competitive appearance when following in the footsteps of Moscow Flyer to compete in the Diageo Ireland Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Race on the final day of the Irish National Hunt Festival.

Trainer Dessie Hughes said: "We are keeping him ticking over and he's enjoying his work as usual."

The Jessica Harrington-trained Moscow Flyer bounced out of retirement in 2007 to win the race under the trainer's daughter Kate, and Hardy Eustace, who was retired after finishing second at Punchestown on New Year's Eve, will now bid to sign out on the same note in what is the 21st year of the race which has helped raise more than €1,000,000 for numerous kidney transplant projects.

Yours truly had the honour of riding in the race last season and I will again be taking part and hoping to go a bit better than the fourth place of last season.

For more details log on to www.pkrf.ie and readers can help me raise the target of €1,000 a rider by donating to the bank account set up in Bank Of Ireland, Main Street, Kilcullen.

Account number 88481805, sort code 90/11/40 and reference 'Herald'.