Thyestes next stop for bus
IT HAS been a good week for Dublin trainer Peter Casey as, following on from the success of Flemenstar at Naas last weekend, his former Troytown Chase winner Jack The Bus returned to Navan yesterday to win on just his second start since that 2010 victory.
Jack The Bus was a non-runner from the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown due to the ground conditions getting too quick for his liking, but he proved yesterday that despite turning 12 this month he retains plenty of ability.
Held up in the eight-runner contest by Andrew Lynch, he cruised through from four out to take up the running and despite not being as fluent over the last two fences, the result was clear enough all the way up the straight as he relished the heavy ground to claim the Foxrock Handicap Chase.
Gowran Park's prestigious Thyestes Chase at the end of this month is next on the agenda, according to Casey.
The charismatic trainer admitted he was unhappy at the severity of the fine he received for the late withdrawal of Jack The Bus from the Paddy Power and he subsequently lost the appeal to that decision.
Of the €1,900 fine Casey said: "The ground was too fast and Frances (son) was trying to contact me, but I was at Michael O'Brien's funeral and left my phone in the jeep."
Casey is hoping for nicer ground for Flemenstar's next outing, also later this month. The Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase is now top of his agenda following his two novice chase successes and his run behind the highly regarded Bog Warrior.
"He'll go to Leopardstown and the drier ground there will suit him as that was terrible ground in Naas there last Sunday," he said.
There has been significant interest in the horse who is currently owned by Stephen Curran, and despite offers, the seven-year-old will remain in those colours for the foreseeable future.
"Then it will be a longer trip and maybe he will be sold after that, I don't know," said Casey. "We had a call, but the owner is not going to sell him until after the Arkle anyway."
Willie Mullins enjoyed a short-priced double at Navan in the opening two races as French import Terminal landed the opening maiden hurdle, followed quickly by So Young who impressed when taking the conditions hurdle.
So Young is likely to step up in trip next time out with the Boyne Hurdle back at Navan suggested, and the six-year-old will get entries for both the Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival according to the winning trainer.