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Cusack on weather watch as he mulls Benny target

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Liam Cusack will be keeping a keen eye on the weather as he plots the next race for his smart staying handicap chaser Snugsborough Benny.

The County Laois trainer wants decent spring conditions for the nine-year-old, who won over under just three miles at Fairyhouse on his latest start in February.

Another trip to the County Meath venue for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on April 22nd could be on the cards, while Punchestown the following week is an alternative target.

"He's doing fine. He's entered in the Irish National. We’ll see the way the ground is and see how he is nearer the time," said Cusack.

"There’s a novice handicap at the Punchestown Festival as well. That’s also an option.

"They are the two races I’m thinking of and there’s also a novice handicap at Ayr. I’ll just see how the ground is. As it is at the moment it is fine, but you never know with the weather. It can change.

"We want nice ground. Soft would be OK, but no worse. You need everything in your favour when you go for a good race.

"We're happy with the way he’s progressing. He won well the last day in Fairyhouse. We need a few to come out to get in the Irish National, but some of the top ones are going for the English National so I think he'll get in OK."