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Machete Mark swerves Galway due to ground

Updated: Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 12:57 | Comments

Machete Mark swerves Galway

Machete Mark will not take up his engagement at Galway on Sunday due to the soft ground.

The three-year-old put up a career-best at Ascot last weekend when second to Yeager in a valuable handicap over a mile.

He holds an entry in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Ahonoora' Handicap, a Premier Handicap, but the deluge which has hit Galway means he is likely to have a break before possibly being prepared for the Dubai Carnival.

"Machete Mark needs top of the ground," said his trainer Ger Lyons.

"He's come out of the Ascot race well. He ran a blinder and is still very inexperienced. He cruised to the front as if he'd win but I know he'll improve for the experience.

"We'll plot and plan with him. There's a €100,000 handicap at Leopardstown he could run in but if the weather goes as it can do over here, we might just keep him for Dubai."

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