McManus pair’s Tipperary option

Aspen Colorado and Timiyan, both winners for owner JP McManus at the Listowel Festival earlier this month, feature among nine entries for the Joe Mac Novice Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday.

The Joseph O'Brien-trained Aspen Colorado was having first run over jumps at Listowel while Dermot Weld's Timiyan was returning to action after shaping reasonably well, though unplaced, on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse in November.

No decision has yet been made about either's participation.

"We're not sure about those two yet," said McManus's racing manager Frank Berry.

"We'll play it by ear. We'll look at the possible runners and see what the ground is like."

Man in the news Willie Mullins has a trio of comparatively much more experienced performers in Airlie Beach, Bel Sas and Penhill in the frame for the Grade Three heat, although Bel Sas won't be running for Mullins after the removal of the Gigginstown team early on Wednesday.

The other entries are Balzac Turgot, Bitview Colin and Wakea.

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