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Sunday 17 December 2017

McNamara mulls over sending Mossey out again this summer

Declan McNamara is still weighing up whether to give stable star Mossey Joe another run this summer.

The eight-year-old made it three wins from as many starts over fences at Cork on Friday, winning as he liked in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

McNamara hopes his charge will be up to competing at the top level in novice company when the next National Hunt season starts proper, but he might give him another run in the coming weeks while conditions suit.

"We haven't made any decision on what we're going to do yet. We're just waiting to see how he comes out of his last race," said McNamara.

"We need to decide whether to give him a break or whether to keep him going while the ground is good. We'll let Mossey tell us himself whether he wants to keep going for a while.

"It's tempting to keep him on the go while the ground is good, but there aren't a lot of races for him in the summer anyway as he's won three chases now.

"There is a race in Down Royal on June 17, so that might be a possibility."

Meanwhile, French star Behkabad is on course to make his seasonal reappearance in the Grand Prix de Chantilly on Sunday.

Georges Rimaud, racing manager to owner the Aga Khan, confirmed: "He is running in the Grand Prix de Chantilly. It will be his seasonal debut -- we'll go from there."

Irish Independent

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