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Pando right in Cheltenham mix

Lexus Chase hero Pandorama will head back to Leopardstown before having a crack at the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Noel Meade's chaser entered the blue riband picture when right back to his best over Christmas and is among a nine-strong Irish entry for the Gold Cup.

Meade said: "The plan is for him to run in the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown at the start of February and then, fingers crossed, he will go to Cheltenham providing he is fit and well, although we wouldn't run him on good going. Good to soft ground would be OK and we would love to run him in the Cheltenham Gold Cup."

The trainer continued: "He has come out of his victory in the Lexus Chase in very good form and we have always thought that he was capable of winning a big race like that. He would obviously have to improve again to have a chance at Cheltenham but he is still a young chaser.

"In the Hennessy at Newbury, he stood back at the first ditch and landed right in front of the fence. Two horses fell in front of him two fences later - the fright early on added to the two horses falling completely unnerved him and there was no point continuing.

"He has generally been a good jumper and we hoped that he would learn from that experience and won't do it again. So he has really only had four runs over fences and you would be hopeful that there is more to come from him."


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