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Stonemaster stays over hurdles

Stonemaster will stick to hurdling for the rest of the campaign before being switched to fences next season.

Dessie Hughes' charge was fourth to Reve De Sivola in the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in April, before making a pleasing return to action when runner-up to Rigour Back Bob in the Grade Two Tara Hurdle at Navan.

Hughes said: "He's come out of the race well, but there wasn't much for him at Leopardstown over Christmas. He's a second-season horse so he might go to Limerick for a two-mile-and-six hurdle, if it's on."

He added: "We didn't go over fences with him this season because he's only five so we'll give it a miss.

"It won't be easy for him this year but we don't mind. We'll just chip along with him and we'll go over fences with him next season."

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