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Lethal Weapon- Tharawaat - Leopardstown

Lethal Weapon (centre): would go straight to the Cheltenham Festival

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Weapon wouldn't have Triumph prep - Roche

IF LEADING Triumph Hurdle fancy Lethal Weapon is to run at the Cheltenham Festival, trainer Christy Roche on Monday said that it would be unlikely he would have a run beforehand.

The four-year-old is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles and marked himself down as a leading Irish juvenile when denying Tharawaat in the Durkan New Homes Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.

Roche said: "He ran a great race at Leopardstown in what was a decent contest.

"Whether it is Triumph Hurdle form we'll have to see, but that would be the way we are looking at this stage.

"It's great to have won a Grade 1 with him already and I would say it is unlikely he will have a run before Cheltenham if that's the way we go with him.

"When he gets back from his break, the decision will be made whether he goes for the Triumph or whether he goes elsewhere."


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