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Winter Escape has Killarney option

Mon 22nd Jul 2019, 11:31

Winter Escape
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Aidan Howard will tread carefully with Winter Escape in the hope of a return to form for the JP McManus chaser.

County Kildare trainer Howard has already allowed the eight-year-old plenty of time to recover from his difficult end to last season - which petered out at the highest level after three victories, including two Grade Threes.

Howard said: "Winter Escape (has been) back (in training for) a month, and seems in good form.

"Things just didn’t go to plan the second half of last season. He’d burst blood vessels, and had a couple of stop-start preparations.

"He could go to Killarney next month for a handicap to get him started - but that's only a 'maybe', because I don’t want to push him."