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Minsk back with Dessie for hurdles

MINSK is set to resume his hurdling career next month after rejoining Dessie Hughes following a stint on the Flat with John Oxx.

Hughes is eyeing a novice event at either Navan and Punchestown for the four-year-old's first run of the winter campaign.

Minsk had a spell with Hughes last term after a highly-successful end-of-season streak on the Flat for Oxx.

But his only run over hurdles ended with defeat at Fairyhouse in February, after which he was found to be below par and he was forced to miss an intended run in the Triumph Hurdle.

Minsk rejoined Oxx and shaped well in two runs in Listed contests on the level, the latest coming at the Curragh where he was only beaten a neck by Midnight Soprano.

Coolmore in Bobby share

Coolmore Stud have purchased a 50pc interest in the unbeaten Shanghai Bobby ahead of his run in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Saturday.

The Todd Pletcher-trained two-year-old is a leading fancy for the Grade One over an extended mile.

He has won all his four starts for Starlight Racing and will now race in the name of Starlight, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.