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Hangover for Irish National Nolan plans to hold Shinrock

Thyestes Chase runner-up Hangover is to skip the Cheltenham Festival in favour of a crack at the Irish Grand National.

Trainer Conor O'Dwyer took his promising eight-year-old to Prestbury Park last March when he was unplaced in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle.

Now racing over larger obstacles, he ran a cracker to be beaten less than two lengths by Whinstone Boy at Gowran and a trip to Fairyhouse is on his agenda.

"We'll give Cheltenham a miss," said O'Dwyer.

"We went for a handicap hurdle last year and I think he was rated 16lb higher in England, so we've decided to stay at home this year and maybe go back next year with experience under his belt.

"He ran a blinder last time, I didn't even want to go for it but there wasn't a suitable novice chase for him.

"It turned out well because at least I know what I have and we'll probably aim at the Irish National.

"He's rated 132 now. He went up 7lb but the winner has gone in again since so he's gone up another 2lb.

"It's not that bad, if he's a 155 horse at the top I'll be delighted.

"The Irish National is a race novices do particularly well in so we'll probably give it a go.

"I've always thought the better the ground the better he'll be, but he handles very soft too."

Nolan plans to hold Shinrock

Paul Nolan is unlikely to give unbeaten hurdler Shinrock Paddy another outing before he heads to Cheltenham next month.

The six-year-old has looked an exciting prospect in winning both his starts over jumps and holds entries in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Festival.

"Shinrock Paddy is in very good form and I couldn't be happier," said Nolan.

"He will more than likely go straight to Cheltenham, although there is a winner's race in Leopardstown in two weeks' time.

"I am 80pc sure that he will run in the Albert Bartlett and, if not, the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

"He'll more than likely remain in both so we've got the choice."

Shinrock Paddy is 6/1 for the three-mile Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle with Paddy Power and a 16/1 chance for the Neptune over two miles and five furlongs.