Mullins hopeful all will go smoothly for Alderwood

Politeo runs out a comfortable eight-length winner of the Grolsch Handicap Chase at Wincanton. Photograph: Getty Images

Politeo runs out a comfortable eight-length winner of the Grolsch Handicap Chase at Wincanton. Photograph: Getty Images

Fri, Feb 1, 2013, 00:00

RACING:Tom Mullins is likely to run both Alderwood and Fosters Cross in the rearranged Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

The Co Kilkenny trainer also has Klepht in the race, transferred from its original Fairyhouse date tomorrow, but will look at a novice event for the eight-year-old, who was third to Farrells Fancy in the Leopardstown Chase on Saturday.

Mullins is most looking forward to giving Alderwood his first run in handicap company. Alderwood won the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown and opened his account over fences at Navan recently.

“I’d say I’d run Alderwood and Fosters Cross but not Klepht,” said the trainer. “There are a lot of races for novices in the next couple of weeks so we’ll put him on hold for a while.

“Alderwood is picking up all the time. He’s come out of the race well and has come on a bit since. It will be his first handicap over fences and hopefully it will go smoothly.”

Fosters Cross has an alternative engagement at Clonmel on Thursday but is set to accompany his stablemate at Punchestown. “He’s more likely to go to Punchestown rather than to Clonmel next week,” said Mullins.

Tomorrow’s meeting at Fairyhouse will be an all-hurdle card if the track is fit to race. The chase course is reportedly unraceable while an 8am inspection of the hurdles track has been called for today.

Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: “Fairyhouse Chase track unraceable for Saturday so all chases cancelled. 8am hurdle track inspection tomorrow due to adverse forecast.”

Today scheduled meeting at Chepstow was abandoned yesterday due to a waterlogged track. Clerk of the course Keith Ottesen inspected the course at 8am but admitted there was no point in delaying a decision.

He said: “There’s areas of the track that are waterlogged. We had 57 millimetres of rain from Monday to Wednesday and there was 47mm just on Tuesday.”

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