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Monday 18 December 2017

Hourigan eyes Tornado glory

Michael Hourigan believes Dancing Tornado is the "one they have to beat" in the Ladbrokes.com Munster National at Limerick tomorrow.

The nine-year-old did not jump fluently on his latest appearance in the Kerry National at Listowel, but he flashed home to finish second.

"He ran a good race at Listowel and I think he was a shade unlucky really, but these things happen," he said.

"He came out of the race very well and seems in very good form, so hopefully he's the one they have to beat."

Hourigan has also left Mossbank in Sunday's contest, who has been off the track since the 2008 Punchestown Festival due to injury.

"I was going to run Mossbank at Listowel as well but I didn't want to risk him on ground that was too good so I pulled him out," Hourigan continued.



Problems

"I suppose there'd be a doubt about him for Sunday as well, as it's taken us two and a half years to get him back and we're not going to throw it all away.

"He's well in himself but obviously after the problems he's had, we take it one day at a time and we're just hoping they get an inch or two of rain."

Adrian Maguire's Golden Kite disappointed in the Kerry National but the trainer is expecting an improved performance this weekend.

"We fancied him going to Listowel but a couple of things went wrong on the day," Maguire said. "He missed the break and was very slowly away. There was a faller at the first, which unbalanced him, and then there was a faller in the straight, where he was very lucky that he wasn't brought down.

"He got totally detached and the ground wasn't ideal for him either, so it just wasn't going to happen for him.

"He came back in one piece though and is extremely well. He has experience around Limerick and seems to like the place, so we're hoping for a very big run."

Maguire is in a bullish mood ahead of Let Yourself Go's bid for back-to-back successes in tomorrow's PricewaterhouseCoopers Chase at Limerick.

The eight-year-old has been off the track since putting up a career-best performance at the Punchestown Festival, finishing second to Captain Cee Bee in Grade One company.

Maguire does not believe a lack of race fitness will be an issue and is confident of another bold show.

"He's done very well and his Punchestown run was fantastic, behind a very talented horse in Captain Cee Bee," said Maguire. "He's a horse who, as big as he is, really likes good, fast ground. We just had our chance taken away from us with the amount of watering they did at the Punchestown Festival, but he's done very well over the summer and goes well fresh.

"He won this race last year and likes the track, so we're very hopeful."

Let Yourself Go will face four rivals, with Nick Williams sending Cornas over from Britain in the hope that he fairs better than 12 months ago, when he fell fives fences from home.

Nicanor, Salesin and Cruising Katie complete the line-up.

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