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Voy misses Melling for Punchestown

Voy Por Ustedes will be seen next at the Punchestown Festival after connections decided to miss Friday's John Smith's Melling Chase.

The 10-year-old won the Aintree race in 2009 when he was trained by Alan King and made a pleasing comeback after 11 months off the track when fifth in the Ryanair on his first start since joining the Nicky Henderson stable.

"We`re going to leave him and probably go to Ireland with him for the three-mile-one chase at Punchestown. We were looking at the race and thought it wasn`t absolutely ideal for him so we`ve given it a miss," said Barry Simpson, racing manager for owner Sir Robert Ogden.

Edward O'Grady's Tranquil Sea was forced to miss the Ryanair after a late setback but has recovered in time to take on the Cheltenham winner Albertas Run, who also landed last year's Melling Chase, in Liverpool.

Kalahari King was a fast-finishing second in the Ryanair and reopposes, while fans of Henrietta Knight's Somersby will be pleased to see him race over two and a half miles again with Robert Thornton in the plate.

Master Minded steps up in trip having been outpaced in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and, in the absence of Voy Por Ustedes, Henderson runs French Opera and Mad Max. Chaninbar, Tartak and Made In Taipan complete the Melling field.


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