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Gold Cup hero set for Durkan return

Jim Culloty promises to have Lord Windermere as fit as possible for his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on December 7.

The Mallow trainer wants his Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to be in reasonable shape for his first run of the winter, with the intention then being to head for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown three weeks later.

"I'm very happy with him and the John Durkan is the plan," Culloty told At The Races.

"It's a slightly inadequate trip, but he'll be fit and well. It's his first run, so we'll see how we go.

"Then it will be on to the Lexus, Irish Hennessy, the Gold Cup, that kind of plan at the moment.

"He'll be as fit as I can get him. It's a Grade One, so it's probably going to be a hard race. They need to be fit in order to take those races.

"It's 22 days to the Lexus after that, so you need to be fit going there.

"It's December 7, so hopefully the ground will be softish and safe. That's the main thing."

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