Maher takes aim at Cross Country

Peter Maher is intending to run both Ballyboker Bridge and Mtada Supreme in Friday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

Ballyboker Bridge (left) has been finishing his races out better

Maher has tasted success over the unique course before with Big Shu at the Festival itself in 2013.

However, his plans may depend on rain falling as a similar contest had to be abandoned last month due to hard ground. It is currently good to firm, firm in places with water being applied.

"I am hoping to bring over Ballyboker Bridge and Mtada Supreme to Cheltenham, providing the ground is not too quick," said Maher.

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"Ballyboker Bridge was sixth on his first start last season, then finished third in this race before winning at Punchestown.

"He had a wind operation over the summer and was second on his seasonal return, so there has been a bit of an improvement and he seems to be finishing his races out better.

"After seeing how well he stayed on last time, I wanted to send him to Cheltenham, especially with the race being a handicap this time.

"Mtada Supreme wasn't fit enough when he ran at Cheltenham last year. He has bad wind and needs plenty of work, but his joints get sore easily. He has won around Tinahely, which is a big hill track much like Cheltenham, a few times in point-to-points and I know he stays.

"He beat the La Touche Cup winner, Quantitativeeasing, last season and he should be in the money next week because he jumps and gallops. I wouldn't be worried if he is out of the handicap as he is a good cross-country horse and can hold his own."

There are also entries from France and the Czech Republic.

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