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Si C'Etait Vrai's future will be decided upon his performance in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse

Updated: Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 11:43 | Comments

How Si C'Etait Vrai copes with the likes of Voler La Vedette (pictured) in Sunday's Hatton's Grace Hurdle will determine his future
How Si C'Etait Vrai copes with the likes of Voler La Vedette (pictured) in Sunday's Hatton's Grace Hurdle will determine his future

Dessie Hughes hopes to get a pointer to the future of Si C'Etait Vrai when he runs in the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old narrowly failed to make all on his reappearance at this track towards the beginning of November.

Hughes said: "We think a lot of him, I know he's in the deep end, but we are just letting him take his chance.

"If he's not up to it in that sort of company he'll go over fences, but we thought we'd give him a try.

"There's only five runners and if a couple don't run up to form, he might have a chance."

Noel Meade's Monksland has just one defeat on his record over timber, when third to Simonsig in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Meade, however, is wary of the 7lb his charge must give to favourite Voler La Vedette.

Meade said: "He won well at Down Royal and everything has gone well since then, although this is obviously a tough ask for him giving weight away to the mare."

Pride Of The Artic steps up in class for the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase after winning his last four races over fences.

The seven-year-old was most recently seen beating Jacksonslady in a Grade Three at Tipperary in October in heavy ground, and now tackles Grade One company for the first time at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

"He's in brilliant form, it's a very competitive race, but we're just hoping he's still improving and puts up a good show," said County Kildare permit holder Peter Fahey.

"From every run he's improved and his races have worked out well, so we're confident he should run a nice race."

Noel Meade saddles the promising Texas Jack, winner of his sole start over fences, at Naas last month.

Meade said; "He had a real ding-dong battle when winning at Naas, it was a good beginners' chase so we were really pleased, particularly with his jumping.

"He worked well recently so we are very happy with him."

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