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Waaheb is set for Fairyhouse return on Tuesday

Updated: Monday, 22 Oct 2012 12:08 | Comments

Waaheb (left) makes his hurdling bow at Fairyhouse on Tuesday
Waaheb (left) makes his hurdling bow at Fairyhouse on Tuesday

Leading bumper horse Waaheb returns from injury and makes his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.

Dermot Weld's five-year-old won each of his first three starts in National Hunt Flat events before being narrowly denied by the ill-fated Lovethehigherlaw in the champion bumper at the 2011 Punchestown Festival.

The JP McManus-owned gelding has been on the sidelines since, but is prominent in ante-post lists for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and will attract plenty of interest as he tackles obstacles for the first time tomorrow.

McManus' racing manager, Frank Berry, said: "He's had the year off and it will be nice to get him back out and get him started again.

"Dermot is happy with him at home, so hopefully he'll run a nice race and learn a bit from it and we'll go from there.

"It's hard to say what his trip will be after being off for so long, but this is a good place to start and we'll see how he gets on before we make any plans."

Waaheb faces six rivals at Fairyhouse, including last time out winners Cloudgazer and Decade Player.

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