Moriarty target for Oscars

Sun 30th Dec 2012, 15:04

photoOscars Well
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Jessica Harrington intends to step Oscars Well up in distance following his fine run in defeat at Leopardstown.

The dual Grade One-winning hurdler had made a good start to his career over fences, winning two of his first three starts before finding only Arvika Ligeonniere too strong in the Racing Post Novice Chase.

Harrington feels her charge could do with a stiffer test of stamina and the two-mile-five-furlong Dr. P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase back at Leopardstown in February is next on his agenda.

"I was very happy with him and he has come out of the race fine," said Harrington.

"We'll probably look to step him up in trip now and he'll probably run in the Moriarty next.

"He could then go for the Jewson (Novices' Chase) at Cheltenham, or we could miss Cheltenham altogether and run in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse."

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