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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Unaccompanied joins Group One company

Dermot Weld's impressive Punches-town winner Unaccompanied will step up to Grade One level for her next start.

The filly, a winner on her first attempt over hurdles for owners Moyglare Stud, will run in the Spring 4yo Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 6.

If all goes to plan there, a crack at the Triumph Hurdle is on the cards for the daughter of Danehill Dancer.

"She's a natural, she loves it. She's a big, strong mare and only had a few runs on the Flat," said Stan Cosgrave, racing manager to the stud.

"Dermot thought about hurdling for her because of her size. We've had offers for her since that race. There's a four-year-old race at Leopardstown on February 6 for her, a Grade One.

"If she were to win that I'd imagine she might go on towards Cheltenham for the Triumph. I think it's good that we've got a couple of jumpers, it shortens the winter for you.

"We've also got Natural High with Dermot who's going hurdling too."

Jessies Dream is to head straight for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival following his surprise defeat at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Trainer Gordon Elliott has lost none of his faith in David Johnson's gelding, drawing a line through his reverse at the hands of Magnanimity in a three-horse affair, and is expecting an improved display in March.

"He's come out of the race fine. It was just one of those days, we're putting a line through it and we're looking forward to Cheltenham in March," said the Co Meath handler.

"He's better than that. Things didn't work out for him and it was a messy race, but we're looking forward to bigger and better things."

Champion Australian racehorse So You Think has arrived at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stables in preparation for the new Flat season.

Formerly trained by Bart Cummings, the five-year-old lost for the first time in six races when just failing to see out the trip in the Melbourne Cup, in which he finished third.

So You Think landed back-to-back victories in the Cox Plate last October before going on to secure his fifth Group One win in the Mackinnon Stakes. O'Brien intends to aim him at all of Europe's premier middle distance races this year.

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