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Aintree Plans

28-March-2014 0:00
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by Admin

It is exciting to be heading to Aintree next week with runners in two of the Grade 1 races on Thursday.

Activial is first up in the opening four year old hurdle. Just over an hour later Rock On Ruby will be taking on some of the young guns including The New One in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle over two and a half miles.

Things did not go to plan for him against the best novices around in the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham after an early mistake.

It was a run which suggested that he does not quite have the scope for chasing at the highest level.

So after much debate with his team of owners we feel it is unlikely that he will be running over fences again.

Rock On Ruby has achieved so much over hurdles that it is only right we should look after him. So he will go back to what he does best.

The task he faces at Aintree is a stiff one but he came out of Cheltenham in good shape and continues to work well at home.

I have no regrets about side-stepping the Triumph Hurdle with Activial and keeping him fresh for Aintree.

While I felt he lacked the necessary experience for Cheltenham I am very much looking forward to seeing him run next week.

Noel Fehily was here at Seaborough to school him on Wednesday and he worked nicely this morning.

I think Activial surprised us both by the way he quickened up so smartly at Kempton to win with plenty in hand on a track that tends to favour the speedier horses.

He continues to please in his work at home and the long galloping straight at Aintree should play to his strengths.

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