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Monday 25 September 2017

Oscars Well to stay the distance

OSCARS WELL is set to remain at two miles for the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jessica Harrington’s seven-year-old was a Grade One winner over two and a half miles during his novice season and was an unlucky loser of the two-mile-five-furlong Neptune Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last spring.

He is winless since being dropped back in distance this season, but has twice been placed in top-class company, most recently finishing third behind Unaccompanied and Thousand Stars in the Istabraq Festival Hurdle.

“Everything is fine with him and I was happy enough with his run at Christmas," said Harrington. “He had to do a lot of the donkey work and was still only beaten just over three lengths, so it was another good run.

“He’ll go for the Irish Champion Hurdle next and then to Cheltenham for the Champion Hurdle there.”

Bostons set to fly at Leopardstown

Bostons Angel is being targeted at the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 12.

Jessica Harrington’s top-class stayer completed a hat-trick of Grade One victories in the RSA Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, but has failed to rediscover that level of form during the current campaign.

After having unseated Robbie Power on his reappearance at Down Royal, the eight-year-old gelding finished a moderate third at Sandown on December 2, after which he missed the Lexus at Leopardstown.

“I just wasn’t happy with him leading up to Christmas, which is why he didn't run in the Lexus,” said Harrington.

“We had planned to run him in blinkers there and that is what he’ll do next time when he runs in the Hennessy.”

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