Wednesday 17 January 2018

Bog Warrior to make his comeback in Novice Chase at Nass

BOG Warrior is likely to return to competitive action in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Novice Chase at Naas on Saturday.

Tony Martin's eight-year-old has form that stands up to the closest scrutiny having beaten subsequent Arkle winner Flemenstar on his chasing debut at Navan before landing the Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.

A heavy fall suffered at Leopardstown over Christmas has slightly held-up his season, but Martin is excited about seeing him return to the track this weekend.

"Hopefully we'll get him out on Saturday," Martin told At The Races.

"He seems very well and I'm very pleased with him. He's done a lot of schooling and has been working away.

"He got hit by our other horse behind him (Gift Of Dgab), who galloped into him and got brought down. He got a blow to his head.

"We went easy with him for a couple of weeks and he seems perfect now.

"He's always shown us he's a very good horse. He likes to get on with it and get it done but he settles well at home and he's just a very inexperienced horse."

Bog Warrior holds entries in all the major novice prizes at next month's Cheltenham Festival, but Martin is not making any concrete decisions about targets until after his run on Saturday.

"We've no plans. He's very adaptable horse and he's won over two miles and two and a half and I think he'll get a lot further," the trainer added.

"He's entered in Cheltenham and all options are open."

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