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Tyner fears Leopardstown ground is too soft for Spring

Robert Tyner is worried the ground might be too soft as Spring The Que bids to land the MCR Hurdle for a second time at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The 11-year-old took this valuable handicap hurdle in 2007, when it was known as the Pierse Hurdle, and showed his wellbeing by landing his first race since then with victory at Cork six weeks ago.

Tyner would also have preferred the race to have been run on his original date two weeks ago, but it was abandoned due to the cold snap.

"He's in good order," said the Co Cork trainer." The ground might be a bit soft for him, we were hoping they might run the race on the original day as he's not as good in the heavy."

It was 12 months since Flag Of Honour last graced the winner's enclosure. He has been out of form of late but his trainer Dessie Hughes, who also owns the five-year-old, is praying Flag Of Honour can fly high again.

"He's not been running well and has a lot to do," said the Co Kildare handler. "He's well in (at the weights), so if he produces one of his better runs he'd have a chance."

Tom Mullins will make a late decision on the participation of Fosters Cross in Sunday's Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

The eight-year-old was a winner of a Grade Three novice hurdle in October and also claimed a Grade Three chase on his debut over fences only three weeks later.

He was in the process of giving Paul Nicholls' Tataniano a real race at Cheltenham in November before unseating three out, but jumped sloppily behind Sizing Europe at Christmas.

"I'm going to leave it as late as possible," said Mullins.

"He's coming along very well and if it was in another two weeks time I'd definitely run, but I'm not sure yet.

"He's only 50-50 to run at the moment. If the ground improved a little bit between now and Sunday that would increase his chances of going."