Grozny bids to extend sequence
View from connections ahead of Saturday's Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas where Ivan Grozny bids to pick up where he left off.
Ivan Grozny returns to action at Naas
Ivan Grozny bids to pick up where he left off last autumn in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas on Saturday.
After running with credit at Royal Ascot during the summer, the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old bolted up on his return to the jumping game at Tipperary before reverting to the Flat to win at the Galway Festival.
He completed his hat-trick in the Istabraq Hurdle back at Tipperary in October and makes his first appearance since in this Grade Three contest.
Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father, said: "He had a fantastic time during the summer and this looks a good opportunity for him.
"David (Mullins) rides him and he won on him in Aintree in the race after winning the Grand National (on Rule The World).
"David's riding out of his skin at the moment, so hopefully both horse and jockey can continue their winning ways."
Ivan Grozny is the highest-rated runner in a six-strong field.
Sutton Place is an interesting contender for Gordon Elliott and JP McManus, making his comeback having been off the track since winning a Grade Two at Fairyhouse last March.
McManus is also represented by Minella Foru, who has not been seen since winning the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December 2015.
Trainer Eddie Harty said: "He's been off the track for a long time after having a couple of setbacks and it will be nice to get him back on the track.
"This looked a nice place to start, in a small field over hurdles, so we'll see how he gets on and go from there.
"The Paddy Power Chase is obviously three miles over fences, but he did win a Grade Three novice hurdle over two miles.
"We just want to get him back on track and provided he comes out of the race OK, we can make a plan for him."
Impressive Punchestown scorer Supasundae looks a major contender for Jessica Harrington, who also saddles Ttebbob.
Hunters Call completes the line-up.
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