Saturday 7 December 2019

Hourigan puts faith in Tornado

Michael Hourigan believes Dancing Tornado is the "one they have to beat" in today's Munster National at Limerick. The nine-year-old did not jump fluently on his latest appearance in the Kerry National at Listowel, but he flashed home to finish second.

"He ran a good race at Listowel and I think he was a shade unlucky really, but these things happen," said Hourigan. "He came out of the race very well and seems in very good form, so hopefully he's the one they have to beat."

Hourigan has also left Mossbank in today's contest. He has been off the track since the 2008 Punchestown Festival due to injury.

"I was going to run Mossbank at Listowel as well but I didn't want to risk him on ground that was too good so I pulled him out," Hourigan continued. "I suppose there'd be a doubt about him for Sunday as well as it's taken us two and a half years to get him back and we're not going to throw it all away.

"He's well in himself but obviously after the problems he's had we take it one day at a time and we're just hoping they get an inch or two of rain."

Adrian Maguire's Golden Kite disappointed in the Kerry National but the trainer is expecting an improved performance.

"We fancied him going to Listowel but a couple of things went wrong on the day," Maguire said. "He missed the break and was very slowly away. There was a faller at the first which unbalanced him and then there was a faller in the straight, where he was very lucky that he wasn't brought down.

"He got totally detached and the ground wasn't ideal for him either, so it just wasn't going to happen for him. He came back in one piece though and is extremely well. He has experience around Limerick and seems to like the place, so we're hoping for a very big run."

Maguire is in a bullish mood ahead of Let Yourself Go's bid for back-to-back successes in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Chase.

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