Beef Or Salmon to return at Fairyhouse National meeting

BEEF OR SALMON, a faller at the third in last Thursday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, is virtually certain to return at the Fairyhouse Grand National meeting.

Speaking at Limerick yesterday trainer, Michael Hourigan, said: “The plan is to run him in the Power Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

“He has come back from Cheltenham 100% and will be ridden out in the next day or two.

“He’s in very good form and only if the ground comes up rock hard will he miss Fairyhouse.

“As long as it is safe he will go there.”

Edward O’Grady’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hero, Back In Front, will be next seen at Punchestown. Said O’Grady: “He will be entered in a Grade One over two miles and in the Emo Oil Champion Hurdle. We will keep our options open until nearer the time.”

O’Grady indcated his other stable star, Pizarro, third behind Hardy Eustace in the SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, may go to Aintree.

“The ground is likely to be gone for him by the time Punchestown comes, so we are considering a Grade One over three miles at Liverpool”, commented O’Grady.

Mouse Morris is also toying with the idea of taking the massive Fota Island, fresh from an easy success at Punchestown on Sunday, to Aintree.

“He is definitely going to Punchestown, but that’a fair bit away, and he could take in Aintree as well”, revealed Morris.

His Foxchapel King is also going to Liverpool, with the Grand National a "possibility.”

Aidan O’Brien yesterday confirmed Tomahawk on target to make his seasonal reappearance in the Listed Oak Lodge Sires Loughbrown Stakes on the opening day of the flat at the Curragh on Sunday.

Tomahawk, a son of Seattle Slew, was the highest rated Irish two-year-old in the International Classification last season.

“More than likely he will run at the Curragh, he has wintered really well”, reported O’Brien.

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