Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Joncol sticks to hurdles

Joncol, centre, will run in the Grade Two Slaney Novice Hurdle on Sunday

Paul Nolan's dual Grade One-winning chaser Joncol has another spin over timber at Naas on Sunday before a likely attempt to win the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown for the second time.

The 10-year-old is one of six runners for a strong renewal of the Grade Two Slaney Novice Hurdle and will cross swords again with the Mouse Morris-trained Rule The World, who beat him into second at Navan last month.

"We were happy enough with how he ran over hurdles the last day and we just want to give him one more run before going back over fences," said Nolan.

"His jumping fell apart in Down Royal (JNwine.com Champion Chase) and we just want to get his confidence back.

"He's in good form, but it is a good race on Sunday, far better than the race he ran in the last day, so we'll see how it goes.

"We just want him to enjoy himself and if all went well, the thinking would be to go back over fences for another crack at the Hennessy."