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Legend camp wary of Kerry trip

Charles Byrnes believes Bideford Legend has stamina questions to answer in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel.

The seven-year-old bolted up at Killarney on his latest chase outing in May and has twice run with credit over hurdles since then.

Byrnes feels his leading contender would be better suited by a quicker surface for this valuable handicap, but believes he is capable of making his presence felt if the three miles proves within reach.

"He's run well enough over hurdles the last twice and hopefully he goes there with a chance," said the County Limerick handler.

"His best form is probably on a bit faster ground, but he's run well in soft before so I don't think that will be a problem. The big question with him is whether he will stay the three miles. He's in good form and if he stays he should run well, but it's a competitive race."

Byrnes trained Alfa Beat to win the race 12 months ago and the grey is back for more for new trainer Shark Hanlon.

The handler said: "He's in really super form and the only worry with him would be the ground, as he wouldn't want it too soft. Having said that, the ground is drying out all the time and if it continues that way then it should be all right.

"Barry (Geraghty) came and rode him the other morning and was very happy, so hopefully we go there with a serious shout."

Ponmeoath won the race in 2007 and 2008 for Eric McNamara, but the trainer is not confident of the veteran completing a hat-trick.

He said: "He's in great form and he always seems to come to life at this time of year, but I'd say he's a bit high in the handicap now he's an 11-year-old. He's probably not as good as he was, but it's great to have him back at Listowel. If he could finish in the first five or six, we'd be delighted."


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