Lexus has Magnanimity in gear for Hennessy tilt
DESSIE Hughes is looking forward to saddling Magnanimity in the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup next month after being delighted with his comeback run at Leopardstown.
The eight-year-old put in a good performance until the lack of a recent outing took its toll and he faded out of contention to finish eighth of nine behind Synchronised in the Lexus Chase last week. It was his first start since he suffered a serious leg injury when finishing a close fourth to Bostons Angel in the RSA Chase at last season's Cheltenham Festival in March.
"We were very pleased with him. He's come out of the race well," said the Co Kildare trainer (pictured right).
"It was a good run for his first one back because he had a big problem after Cheltenham where he broke a bone in his leg. He's come out of the race sound so we're very happy with him.
"He'll run in the Hennessy. It was a decent enough run and we'll get him ready for that now."
Festival warm-up for Henderson charge Aces
All The Aces is likely to have one more run before being aimed at one of the novice hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival.
The seven-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, has taken to jumping well after being a useful horse on the Flat for Roger Varian and the late Michael Jarvis.
Runner-up to Prospect Wells on his jumping bow, he got off the mark in pleasing fashion at Newbury on Saturday.
"He won really nicely. He's only had the two runs so far over hurdles," owner Alan Spence said.
"His first run against Prospect Wells was good and he's come on from that and he jumps well. That's why he's looking good. As soon as he's jumped one, he's looking for the next one so that's good for everybody.
"He'll go for one of the races at Cheltenham subject to how he runs next time and subject to the ground.
"I think if it was fast at Cheltenham, the two-and-a-half mile race (Neptune Management Investment Novices' Hurdle) would probably be better. If it was slow on the soft side, then the two-mile race (William Hill Supreme Novices Hurdle).
"We're just going to keep the options open. If he goes and wins his third run nicely it would give us a problem.
"That run might be in the beginning of February, just nicely timed from New Year's Eve to February then on to Cheltenham hopefully."
Barbers set to have a cut at hunter chasing
One-time Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Barbers Shop will soon be back in training ahead of a hunter chase campaign.
Nicky Henderson's 10-year-old has not been seen since he was pulled up in the 2010 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but has some good form to his name, having finished seventh in the Gold Cup and third in a King George.
Henderson said: "He's coming back in next week and the plan is to go hunter chasing in the spring.
"I think that would suit him now, as it opens up things like the military races at Sandown.
"He was unlucky to be around when Denman and Kauto Star were in their pomp -- not that Kauto isn't still, of course -- but it will be nice to have him back."