Hughes banks on Mags resurgence
DESSIE Hughes feels Magnanimity will bounce back to his best this season.
Now an eight-year-old, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding lost his way last term having had a most productive novice season over fences.
He is due to have his first start since May in the Star 'Best For Racing Coverage' Chase at Punchestown on Thursday when Hughes is expecting a much better showing.
"Magnanimity will run, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on," said the County Kildare handler.
"He just wasn't quite right all last season and I could never put my finger on why.
"He was a very good novice, right up there with the best of them, and he was only beaten a length at Cheltenham (in the RSA Chase).
"For whatever reason, like so many who run in that race, he just didn't fire last year.
"He did have a bit of an excuse, though, because he came back from Cheltenham injured and was stood in his box for a long time recovering.
"I think he'll have a much better year this time."
The Paul Nolan duo of Joncol and Noble Prince, three-times Grade One winner Follow The Plan and Noel Meade's Muirhead are possible opponents.