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Hughes triple-handed at Fairyhouse


Dessie Hughes is triple-handed as he bids for glory in the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday.

The trainer has Magnanimity, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, Western Charmer and Deal Done. With Gigginstown's retained rider Davy Russell opting for Four Commanders, Robbie Power rides Magnanimity, Davy Condon is on Western Charmer and Bryan Cooper aboard Deal Done.

Hughes said: "I thought Magnanimity ran a decent race in Cheltenham (sixth in the JLT Specialty Chase). He's got plenty of weight but he should get the trip all right and should run well."

He added: "Western Charmer was second in the race last year and is on a similar mark. If he can reproduce that sort of run, then he must have a big chance.

"Deal Done ran well for a long way in the race last year as well. He led to the second-last before getting tired and we probably made a bit too much use of him. We might hold him up a bit more this year and hopefully that will help him get home.

"Western Charmer would probably have the best chance of the three of them, but they all have a chance. It would be a lovely race to win."

Tom Taaffe is not expecting the three-mile-five-furlong distance to be a problem for Ninetieth Minute, a winner at this track in February.

Taaffe told At The Races: "I wouldn't see the trip as a problem, his pedigree suggests he should stay.

"He missed a year and a bit and came back. Racing was called off in Navan one day because of frost, so he wasn't able to start his campaign until January.

"He lacks a bit of experience for a National, but having said that he has run a few times round Fairyhouse. He has finished second and won there this year and the form is pretty respectable."