Irish Option For Ruacana

Tue 8th Jan 2013, 14:51


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Ruacana could head to Ireland next month before he tackles the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The four-year-old benefited from the final-flight fall of Swnymor in the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday to provide trainer John Ferguson with his first Grade One winner.

Ferguson has nominated a race in Ireland - thought likely to be the Spring 4YO Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown next month - or the Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham as Ruacana's next port of call.

"He's come out of the race great and he's a horse we're excited about," said the Suffolk handler.

"There aren't many races around for these juveniles, and he could either go over to Ireland, or maybe run in the Triumph Hurdle trial."

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

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