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Fahey: He' might run at Aintree

AINTREE'S Topham Chase could be on the agenda for He'llberemembered following his victory at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Trainer Paul Fahey first plans to give the 11-year-old a try over a Grand National-type fence to see if he takes to them.

The Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham is another race Fahey has in mind for He'llberemembered after his game win over Daring Article.

"He came out of it perfect – no bother at all," said the County Kildare trainer. "I might make an entry for the Boyne Hurdle (Navan, February 16), but that might come up too soon for him. We'll see how he is. If I think it's a bit soon for him we'll leave it.

"I'll probably also make an entry for him in one of the handicaps at Cheltenham, the Byrne Handicap over two and a half miles, and then there's the Aintree option.

"A race I'd really like to run him in if we can get a bit of schooling into him over the Aintree fences is the Topham.

"It's a left-handed track, a very level track. I know the fences are different, but they all have to take them on and I wouldn't mind having a go at that – it would be interesting.

"There is an Aintree fence on the Curragh and I'd suppose we'd pop that with him. We'd have to see how he'd take to it. If I thought he was taking to them well, that'd be the plan."

RUBY WALSH has admitted Annie Power's exuberance would be a slight concern if she runs in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Willie Mullins' mare stretched her unbeaten record to 10 races at Doncaster on Saturday, but she was noticeably keen before the race.

Annie Power has three options in March – the Champion Hurdle, the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle and the World Hurdle over three miles.

"I don't think any of the three races would inconvenience her," said Walsh. "Does she have enough experience over two miles for a Champion Hurdle, do you want to expose her to At Fishers Cross and Big Buck's over three miles and risk emptying her out, or do you throw her in against Quevega? Thankfully, I don't have to make that decision.

 

IMPRESSIVE

"The most impressive she was for me was at Cheltenham against Zarkandar. I have no worries about her getting three miles. Even last year when she won a Grade One over two and a half miles, the further we went the better she went, but she doesn't lack pace.

"She was more on her toes at Doncaster than she has been any other day, but she's always been highly strung – so that (going over three miles at Cheltenham) would be a worry. But that's part of every big race."


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