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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Russell awaiting verdict on leg break

Davy Russell will see a specialist on Tuesday to determine the severity of the broken leg he suffered at Listowel on Thursday.

The jockey parted company with Mister Two Fifty in the Kevin McManus Beginners Chase and it was later confirmed that he had fractured his tibia.

He has now been released from hospital in Tralee, though, and Russell's agent, Andrew Kelly, is hopeful the injury may not be as severe as first feared.

"He's not too bad and he's been released out of hospital with a cast on his leg," said Kelly. "He's going to see a specialist on Tuesday and we'll have a better idea of how bad it is after that.

"He's not sure himself and we're hoping it's not too bad." Another jockey in the wars at Listowel on Thursday was Danny Mullins. He suffered a broken arm after unseating from Split Ear in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle.

William Haggas is eyeing up further big-race success for Dever Dream following her victory in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster last week.

The progressive three-year-old has now won five times this year, and her trainer is weighing up whether to aim for the valuable totesport.com Challenge Cup at Ascot next week or step her up to Group company for the John Guest Diadem Stakes.

"She came out of the Doncaster race very well and she's either going to go for the big handicap at Ascot next Saturday or the Diadem the following day," said Haggas. "I haven't really decided yet so we'll leave her in both races and take it from there.

"We're really thrilled to bits with her and she's done really well."

Santo Padre could bid for Group Two success in the John Guest Diadem Stakes on Saturday week if the ground is suitable.

Trainer David Marnane would seriously consider last year's Portland Handicap winner for the Ascot feature if the going is on the fast side.

The six-year-old was fifth to Bewitched in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday on conditions Marnane felt were far from ideal.

"He may go to Ascot, but it's ground dependent. The ground was gone for him the other day but he still ran a nice race," said the Co Tipperary handler.

"It was ground he didn't like but obviously the race at Ascot will be very hot.

"I wouldn't mind running him there if the ground is good or on the quicker side."

Dandy Boy, who lifted the Victoria Cup at Ascot in May, is having a well-deserved break following his run on unsuitable ground at Sandown this week.

"Dandy Boy is fine. The ground was too soft him, it's as simple as that," Marnane said. "He ran really well and he'll be put away now. We'll aim for January and Dubai."

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