Texas Jack set to skip Cheltenham

Texas Jack is unlikely to run at the Cheltenham Festival despite his win in a Grade Two novice chase at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Trainer Noel Meade is eyeing up the Powers Gold Cup and the Punchestown and Fairyhouse Festivals instead.

The seven-year-old had previously finished third in the Drinmore and Topaz Grade One novice chases and is really beginning to get his act together over fences.

“He was always a bit light and skinny but he’s starting to fill out a bit — hopefully he’s improving as well doing that,” Meade told At The Races.

“He’s come out of the race really well, I would think it’s unlikely that he’d travel to Cheltenham, I think he’ll stay at home and he might go for the (Dr PJ) Moriarty Chase and I would hope the Powers Gold Cup would come into the equation as well.

“I don’t think he’ll cross the water. Punchestown will come into it and we’ll have him for the end of the season – there’s a couple of nice races he can run in.”

* A young man died on Monday in North London after appearing to be struck by a sign that fell from a William Hill betting shop.

The man sustained a serious head injury after becoming trapped under the sign on Camden Road around 5pm. A Met police spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of a man injured in Camden Road. The man, believed aged in his 20s, was taken to a central London hospital for treatment but he died there a short time later.”

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