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Sunday 24 September 2017

Wary Martin won't rush Warrior back

BOG WARRIOR could try to get his career back on track in about a month's time following his fall in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.

The eight-year-old, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was sent off the 4/5 favourite to supplement his victory in the Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse three weeks earlier when he took a tumble at the fourth fence.

"He's grand, but we won't be in too much of a hurry with him. We'll tread slowly and take our time," said trainer Tony Martin.

"Hopefully maybe at the end of January, or the beginning of next month, we might find something for him.

"We'll see what there is and the trip doesn't seem to matter to him. We can run him over two, or even three miles plus.

"He's very adaptable and the trip wouldn't be a problem to him. He has the speed for two and stays plenty well enough for three.

"We'll just give him a bit of time to get over his fall the other day before we make any firm plans.

"We won't be going anywhere with him in the immediate future."

Martin is also in no hurry to make plans for Osirixamix after the nine-year-old enjoyed a confidence-boosting success over hurdles at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The County Meath trainer switched Osirixamix back over hurdles to help him get over his fall in the Grade Two Hilly Way Chase at Cork three weeks earlier.

He came down at the final fence when five lengths clear of his nearest rival, Golden Silver, when the prize was his for the taking.

"There's not a bother on him. He's 100pc and that's good," said Martin.

"It was very unfortunate the last day -- he had a good race at his mercy. It was just one of those things.

"We'll just see how he is in the next fortnight and see what's available. He's very versatile."

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