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Irving connections eye Aintree date

Updated: Monday, 17 Mar 2014 14:54 | Comments

Irving failed to deliver in the opening race of the Cheltenham festival
Irving failed to deliver in the opening race of the Cheltenham festival

Irving's disappointing display in the Sky Bet Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last week remains a mystery to connections.

The five-year-old went into the Festival's curtain raiser unbeaten in all his four starts over jumps, including two Grade Two contests, and was sent off the 7-2 joint-favourite to complete a five-timer.

However, the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding gave his supporters little hope of success as he finished 11th behind impressive scorer Vautour, his main market rival.

Depending on how he comes out of the race, Irving could try to redeem his reputation in the two-mile novice hurdle at Aintree next month, won last year by My Tent Or Yours.

"It was very disappointing. He was never really travelling, he changed his legs a lot going down the hill, so I don't know," said Dan Downie, manager for owners Axom.

"He may go to Aintree, depending on how he is. He seems fine. We'll just see how he is over the next couple of weeks. He's better than that, so hopefully we can just write it off and forget about it."

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