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Griffin wary of Drumfire challenge


Racing at Leopardstown

Racing at Leopardstown

Racing at Leopardstown

Eoin Griffin is not expecting any fireworks from Drumfire when he returns to action in the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown.

The seven-year-old has not run since getting stuck in the soft ground over hurdles at Cheltenham last November.

Bought from Mark Johnston, Drumfire has shown a good level of form on the Flat since moving to Griffin, but it is still over hurdles where the trainer sees his future.

"We had him ready to run in the Vintage Crop Stakes in April but he struck into himself and that set him back a few weeks," said Griffin.

"We've decided to go the route we took last year. We'll run him on Thursday night - he was second in it last year - and then we'll go for a maiden hurdle at Galway.

"He's still a novice and we haven't lost faith. Some of the horses who beat him are very good.

"Our expectations wouldn't be high for Thursday - we'll be happy with a respectable run - but he is wearing blinkers for the first time, so we wouldn't be surprised if they brought about some improvement and he ran a big race."

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Jessica Harrington runs the consistent Bob Le Beau, who has been placed in 10 of his 14 starts but has never run over this far (a mile and three-quarters) previously.

She said: "Bob Le Beau is an old favourite and he seems to be in good form. We're stepping him up another two furlongs but we think he'll be all right."

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