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Big Warrior

Big Warrior "could be anything" according to trainer Tony Martin

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Martin to take time with promising Bog Warrior

TRAINER Tony Martin is planning to give the promising Bog Warrior plenty of time following the eight-year-old's fall in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown last month.

A winner at the top level in the Drinmore Novice Chase this term, Bog Warrior is around the 10-1 mark for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but may not bid to bounce back in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase on January 29 because Martin is concerned it may come too soon.

"The latest is he's back and will be ridden out tomorrow,"Martin told At The Races on Sunday.

"The Arkle may come too quick, we put him in as a precaution. He's a very good horse and I hope we can get him back to what he was."

Bog Warrior, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, came unstuck at the fourth in the Racing Post Novice Chase and Martin added: "He got a right fall and hit his head hard and got confused. Hopefully he's come out of that the right way and we've done some gentle exercise.

"I'm quite happy with him, but after that fall we'll give him plenty of time.

"He's probably the best horse I've had my hands on - he could be anything and I think the world of him."

Bog Warrior canalso be backed at 20-1 with Boylesports for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase.

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