Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Griffin ponders Hennessy run

Glencove Marina

Eoin Griffin admits he is "in two minds" about whether to run Glencove Marina in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Saturday.

He feels the three miles may be too far if the ground is heavy, but wants to get a run into him to see if the nine-year-old has any chance of going to Cheltenham next month.

"He had a pretty poor run the last day and was well below par for him. He was lame after the race and was fine a couple of days after it and has been fine since," the County Kilkenny trainer told At The Races.

"We had plans to run him at Gowran in the Red Mills Chase, but that has been postponed until the 19th.

"The Hennessy went back to the original entry stage. We left him in this time, but the ground looks like being heavy there and I'm in two minds whether to run him or not. Gowran the following week is getting a bit too close to Cheltenham.

"We had hoped to run him in the Ryanair, but it would be very hard to go there on the back of the Thurles run.

"In the Lexus, I don't think he quite got home in the ground, and the ground will be somewhat similar at the weekend. We still might run him as we are running out of time for Cheltenham."

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