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Thursday 14 December 2017

Goldback for Carrickmines

Roberto Goldback, runner-up in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown earlier this month, is among 20 entries for the Carrickmines Handicap Chase back at the Foxrock track on Sunday.

Dessie Hughes' 10-year-old could renew rivalry with the Oliver McKiernan-trained Follow The Plan, who was fourth in the Grade One.

Organisedconfusion, who is being aimed at the John Smith's Grand National, could, along with Linnel, represent trainer Arthur Moore.

Robbie Hennessy intends to run Mister First, who continued his rise through the ranks with victory at Naas recently.

"He's coming along nicely and doing everything well. He jumps great and was good the last day," said the County Meath trainer.



Rubi shines in Curragh spin

Rubi Light pleased connections in a racecourse spin at the Curragh yesterday as he continued his preparation for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Trainer Robbie Hennessy is likely to give the seven-year-old another workout at either Leopardstown or Dundalk before his run at the Festival on March 15.

"He couldn't be better. We couldn't be happier with him," said Hennessy.

"He might go to Leopardstown on Monday morning. It all depends on the ground.

"He's as fit now as he's going to be so it's just a case of keeping him ticking over."

Rubi Light was third in the Ryanair last year and is a leading fancy to go two better.



Jessica's duo on right track

Jessica Harrington reports her two big hopes on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, Steps To Freedom and Oscars Well, in fine fettle.

The County Kildare trainer took the pair to the Curragh for a racecourse workout yesterday.

Steps To Freedom, a leading fancy for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle that opens the meeting, jumped about 12 hurdles in a schooling session.

"He was very good and all is on track for Cheltenham," Harrington said.

Oscars Well, her runner in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, also enjoyed a racecourse gallop.

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