Landofhopeandglory wins again
The news from Punchestown, where Landofhopeandglory earned a possible step up in grade with another tidy success.
Joseph O'Brien: Has the Triumph Hurdle favourite in his care.
Landofhopeandglory duly landed the odds as he maintained his unbeaten record over jumps in the Luna Bar Supporting Cavan GAA 3-Y-O Hurdle at Punchestown.
A smart performer on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien, the three-year-old son of High Chaparral has made a smooth transition to the winter game since being switched to the care of his son, Joseph.
The 4/6 favourite followed up his Fairyhouse debut success in smooth fashion despite being weak in the market.
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Not far off the pace set by Bobabout and Tout Est Permis, Landofhopeandglory was sent on before the final flight by Mark Walsh and went clear to score by four lengths from stable companion Zig Zag.
O'Brien said: "He travelled well and, like the last day, his jumping got better as the race went on. He was left in front turning in which wasn't ideal, but that's just the way the race worked out.
"We'll see how he comes out of this race before deciding if he goes to Fairyhouse for the Grade Three.
"He came out of his last race well so it's an option. JP (McManus, owner) and Frank (Berry, racing manager) both felt the extra experience today would do him good."
Bookmakers Sky Bet make Landofhopeandglory their 8/1 favourite from 10/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.Let's Dance dispensed with older opposition as she made a winning reappearance in the Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle.Fourth in last season's Triumph Hurdle and second in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown, Let's Dance had only a maiden success to her credit but looked a cut above as she took the Listed honours.Shattered Love was her main market rival and tried to make the most of race fitness by leading from three out. However, she could not shake off Willie Mullins' charge who ranged up menacingly and led at the final flight.She only had to be pushed out by Ruby Walsh to win cosily by two and three-quarter lengths.Mullins said of the 4-6 favourite: "The conditions of the race suited her, and she didn't do any more than we were hoping for. Ruby felt the ground was a bit softer than described."I thought she was in trouble after the second-last but she got galloping in the straight. She has a bit of class and it kicked in."She is still a novice and we will probably stick to mares' novice races. She would have no trouble going up to two and a half miles, and in a faster-run race she could go back to two miles."
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