Friday 23 March 2018

Loosen up for Punchestown challenge

Henry De Bromhead expects Loosen My Load to have improved greatly for his recent outing when he lines-up for the Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Tuesday.

The six-year-old was only fourth to Luska Lad on heavy ground at Fairyhouse earlier this month on his first start since November.

"He hated the ground, it was his first run since November when he won a Grade Two at Cheltenham," De Bromhead told At The Races.

"He had been on the go all summer. We decided to leave him off then during the winter after Cheltenham.

"He'll improve a lot for that first run back and also a hell of a lot for the better ground.

"He's going for the novice, that's pretty much confirmed. He was left in the other race (Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle) in case something happened, but our main option is the two-miler on the Tuesday.

"He's a lovely horse, Andrew (Lynch) schooled him this morning and said he can't wait to see him jumping fences. He's electric to jump.

"The Arkle, I'm pretty sure, is the course we'll take (next season). Of course nothing has been confirmed but I think the general feeling with everyone is to go chasing next season."

Philip Fenton's classy novice Dunguib was also among 15 left in Tuesday's contest at the latest acceptance stage.

Blackstairmountain and Sweeps Hill were other classy entries while British-trained possibles are Aintree winner General Miller, Captain Chris, Gus Macrae and Rollwiththepunches.

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