Punchestown return for One Track

Warren Greatrex hopes to get a run into One Track Mind before he defends his Stayers Hurdle title at the Punchestown Festival.

One Track Mind wins the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown last season.

Having failed to fire in both his starts over fences this season, plans had been in place to revert to the smaller obstacles for a shot at the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Those plans have now had to be revised after the Andy Weller-owned gelding sustained a small setback which has ruled him out of the Grade One prize the Upper Lambourn handler captured with Cole Harden in 2015.

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Greatrex said: "One Track Mind is not going to make Cheltenham. He has got a little nick on a joint which he is just taking a bit longer to get over, but he has been sound the whole way through and he looks a picture. We have just run out of time for Cheltenham.

"We've only been able to do steady work with him and for those big races you want them in tip-top form, you can't go into them half-hearted.

"The idea is now to go back to Punchestown and that will be his main aim for the rest of the season.

"I would like to find a prep race somewhere first but I don't know where that would be – if we have to go straight to Punchestown, we will."

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