Sunday 16 June 2019

Tiara set for February return

Trainer Henry de Bromhead. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Henry de Bromhead. Photo: Sportsfile

Special Tiara could bid to get back to winning ways in the Coral Dublin Chase at Leopardstown on February 3. Trainer Henry de Bromhead is favouring a tilt at the newly-formed two-mile-one-furlong Grade Two with the 10-year-old over an outing in next month's Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

After having finished third on his seasonal return at Cheltenham, the reigning Champion Chase winner failed to complete for only the second time in his career in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Wednesday. "I definitely won't be doing that and coming for Clarence House," said De Bromhead.

"There is a possibility I might run him in the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown in February.

"Hopefully he will go to the Queen Mother as he still seems as good as ever."

De Bromhead is optimistic dual Grade One winner Petit Mouchoir will be back for the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

The six-year-old, who is as short as 7/1 for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham in March, has not been sighted since he sustained a joint injury shortly after making a winning debut over fences at Punchestown in October.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding won both the Ryanair Hurdle and Irish Champion Hurdle last season, before finishing third in the Champion Hurdle on his final start of the campaign.

"Petit Mouchoir is good and he is hacking away at the moment," said De Bromhead. "We're still aiming him towards the Irish Arkle on February 3. We've certainly not forgotten about him and we're working away at home with him. We are very happy with where we are."

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