Defy Logic on the way back

Exciting young chaser Defy Logic is back in training with Paul Nolan after recovering from a broken blood vessel at owner JP McManus’ stud in County Limerick.

Defy Logic on the way back

Nolan believes it is too early to think of making plans for the seven-year-old, who had been shaping into a leading fancy for the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in the first half of last season.

Defy Logic staked a strong claim for the two-mile novice championship when winning the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

However, those plans had to be shelved after he bled when well beaten in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase over the same course and distance, resulting in him missing the rest of the campaign.

“He went to Martinstown (McManus’ stud) after his last race and came back to us about a fortnight ago in great shape,” said the County Wexford-based trainer.

“He’s back cantering now, so we will take things as they come, but he’s in great shape and we’ll work out a plan for him.

“We couldn’t be happier with him. He looks a picture, as they always do when they come back from Martinstown. He was well looked after.

“Hopefully there won’t be a recurrence of the problem again and we can get as much out of him as we can. I don’t want to say when he might run again. We’ll have to see how things go. He’s had loads of time to get over his bleed.”

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