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Paddy trip poser for Nolan

Shinrock Paddy is likely to stick at middle distances for the foreseeable future after bouncing back to winning ways at Naas.

The seven-year-old disappointed at Leopardstown over the festive period, but showed that running to be all wrong when defying top-weight in the Limestone Lad Hurdle.

"It was a good performance from him the other day. We were disappointed with him at Leopardstown the time before as it was the first time in my opinion that he didn't gallop to the line," said his trainer Paul Nolan.

"Before that run we hadn't been able to do the same work with him on the gallops because of the snow and he's a stuffy, burly little horse who takes plenty of work.

"Maybe he was just a little bit short at Leopardstown and maybe he just doesn't stay the out-and-out three miles. There's a whole bunch of ifs and maybes, but we'll probably just stick to the middle distances.

"He'll go to the Boyne Hurdle in Navan in three weeks' time and we'll see where we go from there."

Nolan also issued a positive update on Joncol, who will bid to win the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown for the second successive year on February 6.

Just as he did last season, the giant eight-year-old warmed up for the Hennessy by running third in the Lexus Chase and his trainer is hoping history repeats itself.

Nolan added: "Joncol seems very well and we're hoping that, like last year, he improves between the Lexus and the Hennessy. So far it's all going well and it would make the season for us if he could win it again."

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