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Ground crucial to Unaccompanied run

Ground conditions will decide whether Triumph Hurdle runner-up Unaccompanied bids to go one place better in the AES Champion 4YO Hurdle at Punchestown on May 7.

Already a Grade One winner over obstacles, Dermot Weld's filly was narrowly beaten by Zarkandar at Cheltenham, who has since won again at Aintree.

Unaccompanied has also been seen in subsequent action, winning the Listed Alleged Stakes at the Curragh, where she had St Nicholas Abbey behind her, and will return to the National Hunt sphere next month - provided conditions are not too fast.

Stan Cosgrove, racing manager for owners Moyglare Stud, said: "Unaccompanied will be going to Punchestown, providing the ground is right - if the ground is on top she will not be running.

"She is in great order but wants give in the ground - she could have done with it being softer in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

"The filly was great at the Curragh last time and won easily. On Wednesday, I didn't see it myself, but she schooled and apparently jumped like a stag - at the end she gave a buck and a kick, so she's happy and in good form."

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