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Luska snapped up by Connell

Luska Lad has been bought by Barry Connell on the eve of his appearance in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park on Thursday.

Connell, whose team of horses includes the smart hurdler Shinrock Paddy, will now see his colours worn by the talented seven-year-old, trained by John "Shark" Hanlon, after the deal with the Magestic Syndicate was completed on Wednesday morning.

"As from earlier today he's got a new owner - Barry Connell has bought him. The horse passed the vet and he'll run in Barry's colours," said Hanlon.

"The horse is in super form and I couldn't be happier with him. He worked the other morning and worked super and is bouncing. We want to see if he stays the three miles. I don't have any doubt that he will, but we'll just have to wait and see for our own sake.

"It will give us an awful lot more options if he does. If he stays we can go to Cheltenham, Liverpool and wherever. It's a competitive race on Thursday but he's in great form."

Luska Lad, who ran twice in three days over Christmas, is among a field of eight declared for the Grade Two heat.

Berties Dream, winner of last year's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, reverts to the smaller obstacles after things did not work out in three races over fences this term.

"We're going back over hurdles with him. He had a small problem when he ran over fences that affected him," said trainer Paul Gilligan.

"We've had that treated, we're giving him a run over hurdles and he's in good shape. He didn't improve from Galway in two runs after that so we thought we'd send him back over hurdles. It's a good race. We'll see after tomorrow if he goes back over fences. There are no further plans made for him yet."


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