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Thursday 23 November 2017

Cash And Go is set to take on Deloitte

CASH And Go could take in the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown next month ahead of a run at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Edward O'Grady-trained gelding took his unbeaten run over jumps to three when lifting the Grade One Future Champions Novice Hurdle at the Dublin track over Christmas.

That success made him a leading fancy at around 16-1 for the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival.

“I think he’s been a bit under the radar,” said the County Tipperary trainer. “He’ll get an entry at Leopardstown in February and we’ll consider whether we run there or not.”

Dream’s crucial test

Jessies Dream faces a crucial racecourse gallop ahead of a possible return to action in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown next month.

The David Johnson-owned nine-year-old, who has not raced since finishing second in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March, was among 17 entries, including Colm Murphy’s Quito De La Roque, for the Grade One feature on February 12.

Trainer Gordon Elliott reports his charge in good form after returning sore from the Festival last spring. “The plan is that he’ll more than likely head to Leopardstown,” said Elliott.

Pittoni for Gowran

Pittoni is set to return to competitive action in the Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park on February 18.

The six-year-old won four times in succession for Charles Byrnes before finishing a creditable third in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

He ran no sort of race when trailing home last in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on his latest appearance and Byrnes is looking forward to getting him back on track. “We will start him back in the Red Mills. He could be one of the highest rated in that race,” said Byrnes.

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