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Jim set for hurdles return

Seamus Roche plans to switch the attentions of Jim Will Fix It back to hurdling after his Grade Two success at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting.

Last summer the five-year-old made little impression over timber but Roche took the opportunity to return him to amateur riders' bumpers and he obliged at Clonmel before following up with a narrow defeat of Mississippi River in the 'Future Champions' (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

Roche said: "The plan at the moment is to go to Naas for a maiden hurdle, or to Clonmel for a maiden hurdle. If that were to go well, then he would go for a Grade Two at Naas in February."

He added: "We're not going to have a rush of blood to the head, but he's a beautiful jumper and I hope he's still improving. He was short of a piece of work at Leopardstown and I'd have been happy if he was in the first four. I think the balance of the jockey's 7lb claim made the difference."

Roche is not a household name as a trainer but he has no plans for expansion at his stables in Hugginstown, County Kilkenny.

"We've only eight in training so we must be one of the smallest but we're happy with a small team, we've no ambitions at all," he said.

"Obviously we'd take a couple more nice ones but it's nice to get up in the morning and enjoy it than have to deal with a lot of pressure."


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