Griffin ready to unleash Marina
Eoin Griffin will be delighted to get Glencove Marina on the track for the first time in the Grade Two Champion Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.
The eight-year-old gelding was sent to the Co Kilkenny trainer two months ago by his owner John Brennan from Willie Mullins' stable, for whom he was a smart winner over hurdles and fences.
His career has been restricted due to leg problems though, but Griffin reports the new addition to his team to be ready to begin the campaign.
"More than likely he will run," said Griffin.
"I train other horses for his owner, John Brennan, so I think he felt maybe the facilities we have here would help the horse.
"He's had a lot of leg problems throughout his career and we've got a swimming pool here and hydrotherapy.
"He's been doing fine, but you have to take it one day at a time with those type of horses.
"He's in good form and raring to go. He's probably as fit as you would want him at this time of the season and he will improve for the run.
"I think the ground will be okay for him there, but we will monitor it and see what it's like.
"He appreciates safe ground so that's what we'd be hoping for. It looks a nice place to start him off and we will see how we go.
"You worry about those horses coming back from injury -- whether they retain all their ability -- but he's been working well at home and we are very happy with him.
"It looks a nice opportunity and hopefully he can run a nice race, but he won't be fully wound up yet."
Meanwhile, Admiral Barry is on course to be Griffin's first runner at Newmarket when he lines up for the totesport.com Cesarewitch on October 16.
Griffin reports the in-form five-year-old stayer to be on target for the marathon handicap following his latest success at the Curragh.
"That's his target and it will be his last run of the season," said Griffin.
"He's been on the go quite a while and we've had a great summer with him. He's been a very consistent horse for us over the summer months.
"You could say his last run was his most impressive win.
"We were very happy with it and hopefully he will go to Newmarket with a live chance.
"Hopefully he will do himself justice and we will get a good run out of him, but you need a lot of luck.
"It will be his first time over two and a quarter miles, but he wasn't stopping over two miles at Galway up a very steep hill. I don't think the trip will be a bother to him.
"He's been very relaxed in his races, so if we can get a bit of cover he'll be settled okay.
"Hopefully we will be able to do that and while it's his first run at the trip, I'd be disappointed if there were any stamina limitations. I don't think there will be.
"We're looking forward to running him and hopefully we will get there in one piece.
"Chris Hayes is booked to ride him and we've got a nice weight, 8st 9lb."
Admiral Barry is vying for favouritism at around 8/1 in the ante-post betting for the October 16 test.