Salmon faces crucial gallop

BEEF OR SALMON faces a crucial gallop this morning, as the build-up to Cheltenham gathers pace.

"He will do a serious piece of work at Limerick over two miles with four or five of my other horses'', revealed trainer, Michael Hourigan, yesterday.

"After that he will be scoped. It is almost frightening to scope them, but it has to be done.''

Beef Or Salmon, of course, didn't scope clear when disappointing behind Rule Supreme in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown last time.

Hourigan said that should his stable star come through this morning's exertions unscathed then he will do another serious gallop next week.

Meanwhile, Willie Mullins continues to delay a decision regarding Rule Supreme's Festival target.

The horse worked well yesterday morning, with regular partner, David Casey, in the plate. He will be confirmed at the five five-day stage for both the Ladbrokes' World Hurdle (Thursday) and the Gold Cup (Friday).

Mullins indicated he will wait as late as the Tuesday before reaching a final conclusion. Said Casey: "He worked well and looked well, I was delighted with him.''

Conor O'Dwyer, whose big-race rides at Cheltenham are Hardy Eustace in the Champion Hurdle and War Of Attrition in the Arkle Trophy, has also been booked for Eye On The Ball in the Festival Bumper.

A 20-1 chance with Cashmans, Eye On The Ball is a live outsider, having finished a creditable second behind Tom Taaffe's well-regarded Merdeka at Leopardstown

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