Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Flynn rolls Dice in Greatwood

Moon Dice

Paul Flynn has his sights set on the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle for his Galway Hurdle winner Moon Dice.

The County Longford handler has designs on the Cheltenham race after the six-year-old was allotted 10st 6lb in the extended two-mile contest on Sunday week.

"Moon Dice is in great form and he will definitely run in the Greatwood. The race was the main target that we had in mind after he won at Galway and we gave him a good break to freshen him up," said Flynn.

"I feel that he has improved since Galway - he is only six and I think that he has got stronger. It will be a better race than Galway but I think that he idled a little bit there and the Cheltenham hill should suit him.

"I can see him turning into a potential Arkle horse in the future. We will keep him over hurdles this year and I think that he will be another 10lb or 15lb better over fences.

"I have ridden What's Up Boys to win a Hennessy Gold Cup and Farmer Jack to win the Old Roan Chase, but Moon Dice is probably the best horse that I have sat on, let alone trained. He will prove me right or wrong next weekend but I think that he will run a cracking race."

Moon Dice is quoted at 12-1 with Paddy Power, who make Nicky Henderson's Grandouet (10st 12lb) and the Paul Nicholls-trained Brampour (10st 11lb), a winner at Ascot on Saturday, as their 9-1 joint-favourites. The weights are headed on 11st 12lb by the Donald McCain-trained Overturn.

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