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Friday 20 October 2017

Lynch hopes to Go All The Way

JOCKEY Andrew Lynch is hopeful the talented, but injury-prone, Go All The Way is ready to make his presence felt in the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase at Killarney tonight.

The Jim Dreaper-trained eight-year-old has made just 10 competitive appearances during his career, but looked the part when winning his first two starts over fences at the Co Kerry track last summer before falling when chasing the hat-trick at Cheltenham in October.

Go All The Way was then out of action for eight months until finishing an encouraging third at Killarney last month.

Lynch said: "He had a good run there at the last meeting over two miles and I think stepping up to two and a half will suit him better.

"His last run was his first for a while, so hopefully he's improved and I'd be expecting a good run.

"He's a horse who has had an awful lot of problems and the hardest thing is trying to keep him in one piece.

"If he gets there in one piece tomorrow he'll run well."

Go All The Way will aim to give weight to 14 rivals in the ?28,500 contest.

Paul Flynn's 2011 Galway Hurdle winner Moon Dice was well beaten in this year's renewal of the Ballybrit feature, but the Co Longford trainer is hoping for better as he goes back over the larger obstacles.

He said: "It's probably the weakest chase he's run in handicap wise, but I don't know what to expect.

"He seems in good form at home, as well as he's been for a while, but we just want to get his confidence up again.

"He didn't really get home on his last run over fences at Down Royal, but we'll ride him a bit differently tomorrow. We'll drop him in and take our time.

"I'm hoping for a good run. I'm hopeful rather than confident."

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has Toostrong and Sicilian Secret in the field, while other contenders include Noel Meade's Fisher Bridge, Henry de Bromhead's Theshowisover and Tony Martin's veteran Another Ambition.

Murchu and Heavenly Brook are the two reserves.

Lord Windermere will be given an entry in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury as connections ponder plans for a season which will culminate in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The RSA Chase winner at this year's Festival is back in training at Jim Culloty's stables in Co Cork in preparation for what could be another big campaign.

"He's been back in about a month and we're very happy with him," said Culloty.

"A lot will depend on what the weather is like in the autumn. I won't run him until there's a bit of rain.

"He's Gold Cup-bound, it's just what route we take. He'll get an entry in the Hennessy at Newbury."

Jim Bolger reports Dawn Approach on course for a return to action in time for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October.

The brilliant 2000 Guineas winner was turned around quickly following his narrow defeat by Toronado in the Sussex Stakes when sent to Deauville to contest the Prix Jacques le Marois.

He finished a fairly tame fifth behind Moonlight Cloud and Bolger informed Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, he had scoped with mucus afterwards and would be given a course of antibiotics.

"He has scoped clean and, all being well, we're looking to prepare him for the QEII," said Bolger.

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