Minella Indo and Rachael Blackmore
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Staying novice hurdle star at Cheltenham and Punchestown last spring, Minella Indo will continue his chasing education at Navan next weekend.
Henry de Bromhead took out the point-to-point winning son of Beat Hollow, of a Grade One engagement at Leopardstown at Christmas, and the seven-year-old will now keep the same beginners chase company, as he did at Gowran in November.
Minella Indo was well held by Laurina then, but there was much encouragement to be taken from his effort over two and a half miles. It'll be three miles at Proudstown Park, for the Barry Maloney-owned gelding, who hails from the Lalor's great Carrigeen family.
“Minella Indo will hopefully go to Navan on Saturday for a three miles beginners chase. I’ve been delighted with him since his run in Gowran," said de Bromhead.
“We were mad keen to run him in Leopardstown but unfortunately we felt the ground was a bit too good so we said we’d put it off until Navan.
“Leopardstown dries out so well and everywhere else seems fine. I’m starting to fear it’ll be too heavy in Navan but I’m never happy!”