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No Festival for Fallon

Kieren Fallon has decided against a trip to the Cheltenham Festival to ride Old McDonald in next Wednesday's Weatherbys Champion Bumper, leaving Paul Carberry in the saddle.

The six-times champion Flat jockey agreed to ride Noel Glynn's charge last month but has now informed the trainer that he will be unavailable.

Glynn said: “I received a text to say Kieren wouldn't be available as he's decided to stay in Dubai, which is obviously a bit disappointing.

“Luckily for us it's worked out grand as Noel Meade hasn't got a runner in the bumper and we've got Paul Carberry booked to ride.

“I'm delighted to have got him as he knows the course really well, so it might work out even better.

“His sister Nina rides my other horse Becauseicouldntsee, who runs in the four-miler on the same day, so hopefully it will be a family occasion and we can have a Carberry double on Wednesday!”

Meanwhile, Dungannon trainer Jim Lambe’s Drumbaloo has been cut from 12-1 to 10-1 by Ladbrokes for the Champion Bumper.

Lambe said he was “quietly confident” about Drumbaloo’s chances.

Lambe has chances at Naas this afternoon, the course staging an additional meeting to compensate for a couple of recent postponements due to snowfalls.

Forestside, Orbit O’Gold and Telegonus are in action for the Co Tyrone horseman.

Thurles have decided to cancel the three steeplechase races from their final jumps meeting of the season on March 25 because of the state of the track.

The fixture at the County Tipperary course will now be made up of hurdle and bumper races. It is their last card until October.

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