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Agus aiming for Gowran glory

Pat Martin believes the rescheduling of the Connolly's Red Mills Thyestes Chase may have worked in favour of his contender Agus A Vic.

The three-mile contest looks set to finally go ahead just over a week later than originally planned and Martin is confident Agus A Vic, fourth in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, will give another good account.

"It's actually worked out quite well for us that the race has been delayed as it gave him an extra week to get over the Leopardstown race," said Martin.

"A month is ideal for him between his races and we're nearly at that now, so we're looking forward to it. He's in very good nick and he ran a blinder over Christmas. Some of the horses that have come out of that race have run well, so hopefully he will as well.

"On the Leopardstown running he should be very close to Pomme Tiepy and he's a consistent horse. He handles soft ground all right. Gluey ground wouldn't be ideal, but I don't think it will be that."

Pat Fahy saddles former Robert and Sally Alner inmate Miss Mitch, who was far from disgraced when fifth behind China Rock on her first start for her new trainer, but then fluffed her lines at Cork last time.

Fahy said: "I think that she's going to run well this time as she's really well at home. She's come on a lot in the last three weeks and is the best I've ever seen her since she joined us. She wasn't right at all in Cork. She was very down on herself afterwards and she didn't scope right and wasn't moving right."

Telenor's trainer Jim Dreaper hopes his charge will give a good account on his first start since falling in last season's Irish National at Fairyhouse.

The handler said: "The Irish National is the last week of April this year so it's unlikely he'll have his ground then, although you never know. He's not a very quick horse so he needs it soft to slow the others down. It could be that we go to Uttoxeter (Midlands National) with him because we can't risk waiting so long for the Irish National."


From Belfast Telegraph