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Age gunning for Clonmel glory

Trainer Darren Bunyan is excited about what the future holds for Age Of Glory ahead of his next step along the ladder at Clonmel.

The four-year-old is one of the major players for the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Handicap Hurdle after he won so convincingly in soft ground at Killarney last month.

Before that he was an eyecatching second on his hurdling debut at Tramore in a race which has worked out very well, and won the charity race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Bunyan believes Age Of Glory will be an even sharper horse on the likely faster ground at the County Tipperary circuit.

The Curragh handler, who trains the gelded son of Zamindar for his brother Brian, said: "He has a grand chance and we are looking forward to it. He's improving every week and looks impressive from what we've seen over hurdles so far.

"He's well handicapped on the Flat but he has a big future over hurdles.

"He won last time, despite the ground not suiting him, and was an unlucky second to Busted Tycoon the other day at Tramore. That one won well in Scotland (Perth) last week, so the form is there.

"Paul (Townend) likes him a lot and thinks the same about the ground. He also said he'll be a better horse with a faster pace.

"He's very much coming forward all the time and if all goes to plan, we'll go to Galway after this."

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