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Bog Warrior: Needs cut in the ground

Bog Warrior: Needs cut in the ground

Bog Warrior: Needs cut in the ground

Tony Martin insists Bog Warrior won't run at Cheltenham unless the ground eases.

The eight-year-old, who has won three of his four starts over fences, features among the entries for the Racing Post Arkle, the Jewson Novices' Chase and the RSA Chase over distances ranging from two to three miles.

He showed he had suffered no ill effects from a fall over Christmas when winning at Naas last month, but Martin will not make a decision on his participation until nearer the time.

"He's grand, but we don't know where he'll run at the moment and it will all depend on the ground," said Martin.

"There is no target set. He's entered in everything, but he won't go to Cheltenham unless we get some rain.

"He's entered in most places and we'll leave a decision on Cheltenham as late as possible."

One Martin inmate who will almost certainly be on the horsebox to Cheltenham is Benefficient, a shock 50-1 winner of the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

He is entered in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and the longer Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

"All going well, he'll be going to Cheltenham and he's in the two races. He'll be confirmed for both and we'll decide close to the time which to run in," said Martin.

"We'll have a look at both races and see which jockeys are available for which race and make a decision from there."

Sunday Indo Living