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Monday 18 December 2017

Warrior warms up for Dubai by going three-miles

Clondaw Warrior
Clondaw Warrior

Tony Martin has yet to put any firm plans in place for Heartbreak City but back over hurdles looks to be next on the agenda for the Emirates Melbourne Cup runner-up and there's every chance that we could see a Melbourne Cup runner-up at Leopardstown over Christmas.

At the same meeting, Clondaw Warrior may well step into Grade One company over three-miles in the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle prior to running on the flat at the lucrative Dubai World Cup night next March.

The admirable nine-year-old will be rising 10 next month but he made his first appearance since September a winning one at Clonmel yesterday as he stepped up to three-miles for the first time on the track.

Now responsible for winning over €500,000 in his career, Clondaw Warrior was sent off the odds on favourite to beat his six-rivals in the conditions race and he duly obliged to reel in Val De Ferbet and record a five and a half length win with the minimum of fuss.

Ruby Walsh was onboard the 12-time winner who is partly owned by his wife, Gillian, a member of the triumphant Act D Wagg Synidcate that have been brought to many big meetings by the horse and now look set for more wit trainer Willie Mullins mentioning Dubai as a long term target.

"No other race came up for him so I decided 'why not three miles'. He is 152 at 2m4f and on his form on the flat he could be better over three miles. He could be 160 plus at three miles and hopefully that is what he is," Mullins said.

"There is also a two-mile race for him at Dubai on World Cup day for a million. He doesn't disgrace himself when he does travel but he could have a little bit of jumping to do first.

"He didn't do any more than the ratings would suggest and we might look at staying at this trip."

Clondaw Warrior was installed at 16/1 for the World Hurdle with BoyleSports.

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