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Cantlow on track for Fairyhouse
16 Apr 2014 15:03
Paul Webber is ready to let Cantlow carry what could be top-weight in the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday.
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A winner over two and a half miles at Newbury earlier in the season before filling the runner-up spot in the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup at Cheltenham, Cantlow fell when well fancied for a fiercely-competitive Festival handicap last month.
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He was unable to get competitive back over hurdles at Aintree's Grand National meeting, but Webber is hopeful he can get back on track next week.
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Webber said: "The plan was to speak to Frank (Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus) on Thursday or Friday, but as it stands, we're making plans to run him.
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"I'm not sure who will ride him. That will be Frank's department and we will see how things stand nearer the time.
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"The horse is absolutely fine. Unfortunately he missed the break at Aintree and never really got to into it, but we've been happy with him since.
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"I don't think the trip is a major concern.
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"I'm not sure how much rain they're going to get, but better ground would certainly be helpful, rather than very soft ground."
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Cantlow is third in the weights following the latest entry stage, but there is every chance he could end up top of the pile with Gigginstown House Stud-owned pair Don Cossack and Bog Warrior holding alternative engagements.
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A total of 55 horses remain in contention for the prestigious three-mile-five-furlong contest.
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Leading ante-post fancies Causes Of Causes, the Arthur Moore-trained Home Farm and Liam Lennon's Foxhunter Chase hero Tammys Hill are all in the field.
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