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Moskova faces Troytown test

Paul Nolan admits he will not know whether the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan on Sunday has come too soon for Moskova until halfway through the race.

The seven-year-old mare has won nine of her 40 races but can throw in the odd below-par run, though Nolan is more worried about the race coming too soon after her fine third in the Lismullen Hurdle two weeks ago.

"She ran a cracker at Navan and she's in good shape but it's possible the handicapper has a grip on her at present. I suppose at the end of the day a lot of the horses in it are exposed, nothing sticks out this year like it has been laid out for it," said Nolan.

"It depends on what sort of a day Moskova is having. It has never really worked out for her before running her back so quick, that is the one thing we are worried about, are we going to the well a little bit too quick? We won't know until the race - she seems in good fettle.

"Switching between hurdles and fences has never bothered her, she just has her quirks but at the same time she is a decent filly and she very rarely runs a bad race."

Jessica Harrington's diminutive Got Attitude showed he was all heart when battling to victory at Galway. The three-mile race will turn into a stamina test in soft ground but Harrington says he is handling it better as he gets older, despite being by a good-ground sire in Beneficial.

"He did it really well last time, he showed a tremendous attitude. He's tough and stays well," said Harrington.

"He's won on heavy before, I just think he's getting a bit older and wiser now. Obviously being by Beneficial, as a rule, they like better ground, but he does go through it and he has to go for it anyway, it's a logical step. He'll go for the Paddy Power at Christmas after this."

JP McManus fires two shots at the valuable prize with the Willie Mullins-trained Arbor Supreme having his first start since failing to complete in the Grand National and Edward O'Grady's Having A Cut bidding to follow up a victory at Roscommon.

Racing manager Frank Berry said: "Arbor Supreme is having his first run in a good while but Willie is quite happy with him. He has plenty to do at the weights, but he has to start somewhere. Having A Cut is in good form and we've had this in mind for a while. Hopefully he goes there with a shout."


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