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High hopes for Waaheb

Connections of Waaheb hope he can make up into a leading novice hurdler this season.

JP McManus stepped in to purchase the four-year-old after he won his first three starts and he was narrowly beaten on his first run in the green and gold silks in the Grade One bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

"He's been back in a few weeks and I've no idea where he'll run, but he might be ready in six weeks or so. We'll see how he gets on over hurdles but if he takes to it, we'd be hoping for the best," Frank Berry, racing manager to McManus, said.

There are no firm plans regarding Binocular's seasonal reappearance.

Results have been mixed for the seven-year-old since his brilliant victory in the 2010 Champion Hurdle and he missed last season's Cheltenham Festival due to a late setback.

He signed off the campaign with a respectable third behind the brilliant Hurricane Fly at Punchestown and will soon be back in action.

Berry added: "He's back in work and in good form, but there are no definite plans. We'll see what happens in another week and hopefully we'll get a bit of rain, then we can start talking about what we're going to do."

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