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Meade waits on Palm decision

Smart hurdler Donnas Palm could switch back to the Flat to contest the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on October 8.

Twice a winner from three starts on the level, Donnas Palm has run a number of fine races in defeat at Grade One level over obstacles and was last seen running fifth at Fairyhouse in April.

The grey has been given a breathing operation since that run and trainer Noel Meade feels his charge would merit respect if he does line up at Headquarters next month.

"We have left in Donnas Palm and we will see how he progresses before making any final decision," said Meade.

"He had a Hobday operation just before he went out at the start of the summer and has been back in work for quite a while now, but I don't now yet whether he will make it to Newmarket.

"He is a nice horse and he has loads of ability, while I don't envisage the trip being a problem for him. He wasn't himself at the back-end of the jumps season so we had the wind operation done, which we think has helped him a lot.

"He seems to be in very good nick at the moment and, if we were to get him to the Cesarewitch right and well, I think he would have a good chance."

A total of 91 horses remain in the reckoning for the £160,000 contest including leading contenders Keys and Tuscan Gold.

Nicky Henderson, successful with Landing Light and Caracciola, has entered Ascot scorer Veiled and the classy Sentry Duty, while the progressive Rainforest Magic, a dual winner at this year's Galway Festival, may line up for Dermot Weld.

Other notable entries include Mark Johnston's top-weight Fox Hunt and the David Wachman-trained Mount Athos.

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