Our Duke has Red Mills option

Mon 12th Feb 2018, 18:34

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Our Duke could head for the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday ahead of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

Trainer Jessica Harrington is considering the Grade Two contest over two and a half miles for last year's Irish Grand National hero.

Our Duke showed he was returning to form after a below-par run in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November when fourth to Edwulf in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown earlier this month.

"There were positives to take out of the race. We'll just see. He may get an entry in Gowran," Harrington told At The Races on Sunday.

"It's possible he might go for the Red Mills Chase.

"We'll just see what the weather does and make a decision later in the week."

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THE IRISH TIMES