Gamble horse Mr Smith out again under a penalty

and Charles Byrnes celebrating their treble at

PICTURE: Gamble horse Mr Smith out again under a penalty By Tony O'Hehir 11:45AM 7 AUG 2016

MR SMITH, the middle leg of trainer Charles Byrnes's much-publicised treble coup at on Tuesday, is back in action at today when he faces 14 rivals in the Handicap Hurdle over two and a quarter miles.


The five-year-old carries a 6lb penalty for his four-and-a-quarter length win over two and a half miles and , who rode all three Byrnes winners at , is again on board.

The coup, which also involved two other hurdle winners, War Anthem and Top Of The Town, is reputed to have taken the bookmakers for approximately €5 million.

Speaking on Saturday, Byrnes said: "The handicapper has forced our hand to run Mr Smith back so soon. He put him up 14lb for his win, so with a 6lb penalty tomorrow we almost had to run.

"I would have preferred to run him in the 2m7f handicap, but it looked as if he wouldn't get into that race.

"He seems to have come out of the race well, but we'll have to wait and see. He stood at the start at and it briefly looked as if he mightn't jump off, but all worked out well."

Unplaced in five starts for , Mr Smith, a son of , had failed to reach the first three in eight attempts over hurdles prior to his win on Tuesday, when he started 7-4 favourite after being available at 12-1 in the morning.

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