GBI RACING

Plans fluid for Dunvegan after sidestepping Naas date

Pat Fahy is exploring options for the highly-rated Dunvegan

Pat Fahy is considering other options for Dunvegan after deciding against letting him run in the Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday.

Having rounded off last season with a bumper success at the Punchestown Festival, the six-year-old opened his account over jumps with an impressive display at Fairyhouse last month, comfortably accounting for a couple of subsequent winners in Swordsman and Mormon.

Fahy was keen to test his charge at Grade One level this weekend, but had a change of heart after walking the track.

He said: “I just wasn’t totally happy with the ground.

“When I walked the track at Leopardstown before Castlegrace Paddy ran over Christmas, I felt it was safe and there was a good bit of juice in it.

“But when I walked the track in Naas the other day, when I got to that sweeping home bend I wasn’t getting vibe I needed, so we said we’d miss this weekend and wait a bit longer.

“He is entered in Clonmel on Thursday, but that’s probably doubtful unless we got some rain and the ground changed.

“If we miss that, then we’ll probably wait until the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown. There’s a two-mile-six Grade One (Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle) there for him.”

He added: “He’s a good horse, but we need to get some experience into him.

“It’s all fine when they’re jumping well, but sometimes they need to go and make a mistake so they can learn to get themselves out of it, and the only place they learn that is on the track.”

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