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watching brief

Define ran a race full of promise in the handicap hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday. James Motherway's eight-year-old hasn't scored since bringing up a three-timer at Galway in 2008, and missed all of last season.

A staying-on third here on his first try over three miles was his best effort for some time, so Motherway may have found the key to him again by stepping him up in trip. A reserve in the 5.35 today, he will warrant close inspection in the coming months.

Irish Independent