Myska set for trip to Sandown

A trip to Sandown next month is under consideration for Myska she kept her unbeaten record intact at Taunton last weekend.

An impressive winner of a Clonmel bumper before making a successful hurdling debut at Thurles in November, the six-year-old became Willie Mullins’ first ever runner in Somerset when lining up in Listed company and completed her hat-trick with a comprehensive victory in atrocious conditions.

The daughter of Presenting is as short as 5-1 joint-favourite for the inaugural Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is likely to have one more run beforehand, potentially at Sandown in a race Mullins and owners the Supreme Horse Racing Club won last season with Uranna.

Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners, said: “We took her across hoping she would run well and earn her ticket to Cheltenham and I think she did that by winning what was probably the best mares novice hurdle run so far this season.

“She’s very adaptable as she has the speed for two miles but won over two miles and six furlongs at Thurles the time before.

“She obviously handles heavy ground, but being by Presenting, we think she’ll be even better when the ground dries up in the spring.

“There are a couple of options for her. There’s a Grade Two at Sandown in February, a race we won with Uranna last season, and there’s also a Grade Three at Fairyhouse.

“Hopefully she’ll run in one of those before going across to Cheltenham, that’s the plan at the moment.

“The dream is still alive and hopefully it’ll still be alive in March.”

Myska is just one of three potential runners in the Cheltenham Festival’s newest race for the flourishing ownership syndicate.

Listen Dear is bound for Prestbury Park after blowing her rivals away at Down Royal in October, while Daring Carlotta is on the road to recovery having been off the track since finishing a close third in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham in November 2014.

“Listen Dear has already won her Grade Three and will probably go straight to Cheltenham,” said Massey.

“Daring Carlotta will hopefully be back in the spring as well, so it’s exciting times.

“At the moment we’re just focusing on taking horses to Cheltenham that have chances. It’s too early to think about winning.”


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