O’Brien happy with juvenile pair

Joseph O'Brien was happy with the performances of Lord Justice and Zig Zag at Doncaster on Saturday.

Joseph O'Brien was happy with his Doncaster runners

The pair finished second and third respectively behind 1/3 favourite Cliffs Of Dover in the Grade Two bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle.

The Paul Nicholls-trained winner will be given a break before being aimed at the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is 16/1 with Sky Bet for that contest with O'Brien's Landofhopeandglory their 7/1 favourite to take the juvenile crown in March.

Saturday's winner impressed O'Brien who told his BoyleSports blog: "Our runners ran very well at Doncaster at the weekend as well.

"Paul Nicholls' horse Cliffs of Dover was very good and looks a class horse. We were second and third to him with Lord Justice and Zig Zag, so we were delighted with that."

The Co. Kilkenny handler was also represented at Navan on Saturday where Edwulf unseated in the Mervyn Gray Construction Beginners Chase but he felt the seven-year-old was a little unlucky.

"It was slightly disappointing," he said.

"He jumped very well but he made a bad mistake with four to go and then missed the second last and the last as well, which was disappointing. He was running a good race and managed to get himself back into the race having made a bad blunder.

"His jumping has been a little but sketchy, but he's actually a very good jumper. Maybe it's going to take racing for him to get the hang of things. "

He also felt that progress would be forthcoming from Kalopsia who chased home Sunni May in the Ladies Free Admission On New Years Eve Rated Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

"She had a blinder," he continued.

"She seems to be getting the hang of hurdles in her last couple of starts. Her jumping wasn't bad but has got a lot better over the last couple of runs so I think that's where the bit of improvement has come from."

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