Golan Lodge in Champion Bumper frame, says Liz Doyle

Liz Doyle will consider a tilt at the Champion Bumper for Golan Lodge following his winning racecourse debut at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Golan Lodge in Champion Bumper frame, says Liz Doyle

The six-year-old edged out Willie Mullins-trained newcomer An Dearg Mor at the County Meath circuit, with the two pulling 12 lengths clear of the remainder to suggest the form has some substance.

Doyle feels her charge is an ideal candidate for a trip to Cheltenham next month, but will see how he recovers from his exertions before making a final decision.

The trainer said: “It was a good performance. The first two drew clear and only had a furlong to do so as Jamie (Codd) had our horse covered up.

“We do like him at home. He’s worked well and galloped well and we’ve given him an entry in the Cheltenham bumper this morning, so we’ll decide in the next 10 days or so whether he’s going to go.

“I think he is the right sort of horse for the race in that he’s a tough, hardy horse who does well and he’s a bit of age under him being a six-year-old.

“I was delighted with the way he handled the soft to heavy in Fairyhouse and showed plenty of gears, but I think he’ll definitely love better ground.”

Another Doyle inmate pencilled in for a trip across the Irish Sea is Kauto Grand Mogol, a half-brother to the legendary Kauto Star.

The seven-year-old won two of his first three starts over hurdles and has had a wind operation since disappointing at Clonmel earlier this month.

“We could take Kauto Grand Mogol for one of the handicaps and the Coral (Cup) is the race I’ve got at the back of my mind,” said Doyle.

“He’s had his palate done in the last couple of weeks and we’ll just see how he is, see how his wind is and how he’s taken the operation. He’s probably 60-40 to go to Cheltenham at this stage.

“I think this might just be the year to take him as he isn’t overly exposed and I think he might have more in hand than he might this time next year.”

Ryanair has been announced as the new sponsor of the €100,000 Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on April 5.

The two-and-a-half-mile Grade One, formerly known as the Powers Gold Cup, has been won by the likes of Carvill’s Hill, Dorans Pride and Native Upmanship over the years.

Last season’s renewal went to the Michael Winters-trained Rebel Fitz, ridden by Barry Geraghty.

To celebrate its new sponsorship the airline will run a number of promotions on Easter Sunday including 30 free entrance tickets to Ryanair Customers flying home from Ireland for Easter weekend and a buy-one-get-one-free offer to all Ryanair customers who wish to bring a friend racing on Easter Sunday.

Ryanair supremo Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair is delighted to celebrate its 30th birthday in 2015 by sponsoring this prestigious Grade One race at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday and we look forward to a successful running of the Ryanair Gold Cup on April 5.

“With a bit of luck, it will be won by AP McCoy and generate lots of PR for Ireland’s favourite airline.”

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