Friday 18 January 2019

No redirect for Limini as she heads to the Mares' Hurdle

Limini, with Ruby Walsh up Picture: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Limini, with Ruby Walsh up Picture: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Tuesday's Stan James Champion Hurdle field was whittled down to a baker's dozen following yesterday's latest forfeit stage and trainer Willie Mullins and his leading owner Rich Ricci opted against adding Limini to the field.

An impressive winner at Punchestown last month when beating Apple's Jade, Mullins had hinted that Limini, just like last year's winner Annie Power, might be supplemented for the opening day feature, but she is now set to head the field in the Mares' Hurdle on the same day instead.

Ricci still has Vroum Vroum Mag in the Champion Hurdle mix as he attempts to become the first owner to win the race with three different horses in three consecutive years.

There were no major surprises within the rest of yesterday's entries with Tombstone also not supplemented and will now take up his engagement in the Coral Cup, while the novice, Moon Racer, remains in both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle.

The unbeaten novice chaser Altior heads the Arkle field with just 14 possible rivals standing their ground. Henry de Bromhead trains three of the possible Arkle field (Ordinary World, Some Plan and Three Stars) with Willie Mullins leaving in Royal Caviar and Yorkhill, although the latter is largely expected to go down the JLT route later in the week.

Zabana, trainer Andy Lynch's stable star, will try and banish the nightmare of last year when he unseated Davy Russell at the start of the JLT, but connections will leave it late to decide between the Ryanair and the Gold Cup.

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