Wednesday 21 August 2019

Joseph O'Brien going for more Glory in better company

Trainer Joseph O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Joseph O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Landofhopeandglory puts his unbeaten record over jumps on the line in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.

The three-year-old has won each of his three starts over obstacles for trainer Joseph O'Brien and owner JP McManus, completing his hat-trick in Grade Three company at Fairyhouse earlier this month.

He steps up to Grade Two level for his latest assignment as he bids to confirm his place at the head of ante-post lists for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

O'Brien also saddles Lord Justice and Zig Zag, who finished second and third respectively in the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster a fortnight ago.

Willie Mullins won last year's renewal with Apple's Jade and is represented by Bapaume, who was just a length behind Landofhopeandglory at Fairyhouse.

The third that day, Gordon Elliott's Mega Fortune, also renews rivalries.

Soir De Chantenay, Amaulino, Champagne Pat, Do No Complain and Prospectus complete the 10-strong field.

Meanwhile, Yanworth tops five runners for the 32Red Christmas Hurdle at Kempton following the defection of Irish raider Vroum Vroum Mag.

The Willie Mullins-trained Vroum Vroum Mag is now likely to take up one of three possible engagements over Christmas at Leopardstown. She is entered in the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle, the Lexus Chase and the Ryanair Hurdle. All is fine with her and I think she's probably going to run in Leopardstown," said Mullins' son and assistant, Patrick.

"It's probably a bit up in the air which race she'll run in at this stage. They've all got another bit of work to do so we'll see where we are early next week. Willie just decided he'd keep her at home."

Owned by JP McManus, the Alan King-trained Yanworth is dropping back down to two miles after making a winning reappearance over two and a half miles at Ascot last month.

McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "We're looking forward to running him at two miles.

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