Paddy Power option for Questions

Tue 20th Nov 2012, 15:12

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A trip to Leopardstown's Christmas Festival is on the cards for Questions Answered following a creditable effort in Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup.

The seven-year-old enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign by picking up minor honours in the Kerry and Munster Nationals and he continued his progression by finishing fifth at Cheltenham last weekend from 7lb out of the weights.

Trainer Eric McNamara believes his charge may still be improving and he is likely to go pot hunting again in Leopardstown's lucrative Paddy Power Chase.

McNamara said: "He's in excellent form. He hasn't a scrape or a scratch on him and he seems to have taken the race very well.

"He made a bit of a mistake that might have cost him fourth, but we were very happy with his run and I'd say it was a career-best, which is a good sign as it looks like he's still improving.

"He'll probably go to Leopardstown at Christmas for the Paddy Power Chase there. That's over three miles but I don't think he needs that. Anything from two-and-a-half to three is fine for him as he wasn't outpaced the other day, he was going well until he made the mistake.

"Hopefully somewhere along the line he'll pick up a big pot."

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