Don’t Push It goes for Gold

CONNECTIONS of Don’t Push It are confident the eight-year-old will give a good account of himself in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old made the perfect start to last season with victory over hurdles at Chepstow.

However, he fell when sent off a hot favourite for the Racing Post Plate at the Festival before disappointing in a Listed race at Aintree.

Don’t Push It was also an intended runner in last year’s renewal of the Paddy Power Gold Cup – only to miss the race due to injury.

“It is more than likely that Don’t Push It will take his chance in the big race at Cheltenham on Saturday and he is in real good form,” said Frank Berry, racing manager for McManus.

“Nothing really came to light after his run at the Festival last season, but he had a bit of a stop-start campaign with one thing or another.

“Hopefully we will get a better run at things this time around.

“He has had no problems since he went back into training this summer and everyone is very happy with him.

“He won at Cheltenham in his novice chase season and usually runs a good race round there.

“While it is his first run back, we think he will run a nice race.”

Reisk Superman is an intended Irish raider from Tony Martin’s Co Meath stable.

The 10-year-old has not run since unseating Ruby Walsh five out when bidding for a second success in five days at the Galway Festival in the summer.

“He’s been good since Galway, we’re happy with him. The ground here is what has held us up,” said Martin.

“He doesn’t want bottomless Irish ground, but I think conditions over there should be OK. It wouldn’t be deep Irish ground.”

Meanwhile, Henry de Bromhead is confident Sizing Europe is over his problems ahead of his reappearance in the Maplewood Developments Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.

The six-year-old demolished his rivals in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle in January and all appeared to be going according to plan in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham before he stopped quickly after jumping the second-last.

“We was lame behind the day after the Champion Hurdle and we found that he had just strained the sacroiliac joint,” said De Bromhead.

“He seems to be moving absolutely spot-on now, so we are very pleased.

“Andrew McNamara was down schooling on Tuesday morning and seemed pleased with him, so he will certainly keep the ride for Sunday’s race – but I do think the horse will come on a lot for the run.”

Sizing Europe will face a maximum of five rivals at the weekend, with Cuan Na Grai, Hardy Eustace and Won In The Dark standing their ground at the confirmation stage.

Noel Meade has left in Jered and Harchibald, although the former looks the more likely contender at this stage.

“The way the weather is going, I would say Harchibald is most unlikely to run,” said Meade.

Tom Mullins is to give Chelsea Harbour another spin over hurdles before sending him back chasing.

The eight-year-old is to sidestep the Servo Computer Services Trophy at Cheltenham on Saturday and run in the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle at Clonmel tomorrow before going for the williamhill.ie Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan on Sunday week.

Ninth to Comply Or Die in the Grand National at Aintree, Chelsea Harbour has already run twice over hurdles this campaign.

“We’re very happy with him now and I think the top weight (Emotional Moment) is going to run in Clonmel so we’ll have a nice weight so that’s why we’re going to go there,” said Mullins.

More in this section

IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox