Think picks up Gowran gauntlet

Whatuthink is likely to bid for compensation in the Grade Two Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park on Thursday week after his narrow defeat at Leopardstown.

Whatuthink is likely to bid for compensation in the Grade Two Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park on Thursday week after his narrow defeat at Leopardstown.

The Oliver McKiernan-trained stayer failed by a head in the Christmas Hurdle as Catch Me kept the race following a lengthy stewards’ inquiry.

Although Whatuthink has been entered for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, he is not a definite runner at this stage.

“We’ll enter him in the World Hurdle and have a look, but whether he goes there or not is another thing,” said McKiernan’s assistant Adrian Keatley.

“There’s the three-miler in Gowran next week and hopefully he’ll go there and pick that up. He seems to relish a fast pace over a long trip.”

Connections were pleased with his Leopardstown run after things did not go to plan in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury where he was fifth to Duc De Regniere.

“At Newbury we made a plan to ride him but it turned out to be the wrong way,” Keatley continued.

“The pace was slow and it turned into a sprint. The ground was a bit tacky which didn’t suit us.

“We were happy enough coming home as we weren’t far behind Blazing Bailey, who would be one of the big contenders for the World Hurdle.

“We learnt a lot at Newbury and more again in Leopardstown.”

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