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Walsh keep faith in Shaneshill





Ruby Walsh believes it is far too early to give up on Shaneshill following his odds-on reverse at Navan last Sunday.

Runner-up in last season's Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival before going one better in the equivalent race at Punchestown, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old made the perfect start over hurdles at Fairyhouse last month.

He was unsurprisingly a hot favourite to make it two from two in the Navan Novice Hurdle but after hitting the front, was reeled in by Gordon Elliott's equally exciting novice No More Heroes.

Shaneshill's rider would relish a rematch on a sounder surface.

"I'd say we ran into a very good horse, but it was a little bit disappointing," Walsh told Racing UK.

"No More Heroes is a very good horse, but I wouldn't mind another crack at him. I would probably make more use of Shaneshill. He ran in my hands all the way, then missed the third-last and I had to get after him sooner than I wanted.

"I probably landed in front plenty soon enough, but on another day on better ground it would definitely suit Shaneshill.

"I wouldn't give up on him yet."