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Meade - Pan needs to bounce back

Noel Meade's Lexus Chase contender Pandorama looked set to take high rank among the staying chase division at the start of the season but now has to bounce back at Leopardstown after pulling up at Newbury.

The seven-year-old was forced to miss an intended run at Down Royal after he was found to have blood coming from a nostril and then he made an early mistake in the Hennessy at Newbury before being nearly brought down and was pulled up.

"Hopefully we can get Pandorama back on track but it's a tough ask for him," said Meade.

"The season just hasn't gone right for him so far, things have conspired against him but that's the way it goes.

"We've always thought he is the horse to run in this type of race, so we're going there and we're going to give it our best shot. The heavy ground should be fine for him."

Nicky Richards would have preferred to have been able to run last year's runner-up Money Trix before the Grade One but the weather put paid to all his plans. He has, however, been at the Curragh for the past week, and has been kept on the go there.

Richards said: "They are fairly positive it will be on so I'm just driving on the ferry. Hopefully it will be on. It can't get soft enough for him so we've no worries on that score, it's just a shame I couldn't get a race into him.

"I was hoping to run him at Kelso or get a gallop into him at Haydock, they were both off but never mind. If it was just an ordinary race I'd be very happy going into it, but I'm just a little bit concerned I'm a prep-race short.

"One thing he does do is run very well fresh, he's a clean-winded horse and we're very happy with him. Davy (Russell) knows him better now. Last year he should have kicked on earlier as he's just an out-and-out stayer. We'll leave it up to him and hopefully everything will go fine (on Tuesday)."

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