Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Cheltenham beckons for Magnanimity

Magnanimity

Dessie Hughes believes Magnanimity deserves his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival after showing solid form in his first season over fences.

The seven-year-old is likely to go for the RSA Chase, though he also holds an entry in the National Hunt Chase.

He has won two of his four starts over the bigger obstacles, including the Killiney Chase at Leopardstown, in which he accounted for Jessies Dream.

He then went down by only a head to Bostons Angel in the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase over the same course last Sunday.

"He's a very nice horse - he's very solid," said the County Kildare trainer.

"He's come out of the race well and I'm inclined to go for the RSA with him.

"I don't think I'll have many runners at Cheltenham this year. We don't have any horses like Hardy Eustace anymore, unfortunately.

"We'll probably run Rare Bob. He's in a couple of the handicap chases."

Magnanimity, owned by the Gigginstown House Stud, is a top-priced 20-1 for the RSA.

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