Thyestes For Lion Na Bearnai

Sun 9th Dec 2012, 11:10

Lion Na Bearnai's plans are mapped out
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Tom Gibney plans to start preparing Lion Na Bearnai for the Goffs Thyestes Chase at the end of next month after his comeback in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

The Kells trainer had been admirably frank about the chances of last season's Irish National winner when interviewed ahead of the prestigious Newbury handicap, and was proved correct when he was eventually pulled up before the last.

"I knew he wasn't 100% as he had missed some work, and more importantly he had missed a prep run," Gibney said.

"It was still a bit disappointing but that was the classiest race he has run in and he'd have needed to be 110% to win it.

"He has come back fine and you'd look at getting him ready for the Thyestes (Gowran Park, January 24). I think there's a race somewhere around January 5 that he could go for first. There will be other big races for him."

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