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Tofino Bay may rejoin novices, says Dessie Hughes

Updated: Monday, 26 Nov 2012 14:18 | Comments

Dessie Hughes is mulling over his next move for Tofino Bay
Dessie Hughes is mulling over his next move for Tofino Bay

Tofino Bay could revert to novice company following his gutsy victory in the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan on Sunday.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned nine-year-old put up a likeable display in testing conditions to take the Ladbrokes-sponsored prize on only his third start over fences.

With that success under the horse's belt, trainer Dessie Hughes could pitch Tofino Bay in another handicap chase or run him back in novice class to give him more experience.

"It was a good performance and his first handicap," said the Curragh handler.

"He goes on heavy ground, that's the secret.

"He jumps exceptionally well, has a good cruising pace and goes on the ground. That's a big plus.

"We'll see what the handicapper gave him for it. There are plenty of options for him as he is still a novice so he can go back into a staying novice chase."

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