No sales date for Cheltenham winner Labaik

No sales date for Cheltenham winner Labaik

The talented but temperamental Labaik caused a 25-1 shock in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Labaik will be aimed towards the Punchestown Festival after he was withdrawn from the Goffs UK Aintree Sale on Thursday.

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The Gordon Elliott-trained grey, who has refused to race on multiple occasions, put his best foot forward to run out a brilliant winner of the traditional curtain-raiser at Cheltenham last month.

It later emerged that the six-year-old was to be entered for the inaugural sale on the opening day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree, but he will not head to Merseyside and is instead set to contest the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on 25 April.

Labaik is part-owned by bloodstock agent Aidan O'Ryan, who said: "They (Labaik's partners) have decided not to sell and he's going to go to Punchestown, that's the plan."

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