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Breeder expecting Next Destination to relish Ballymore task

Gelding is from Flynn family's prolific Shuil Agragh family

Next Destination: now looks bound for the Cheltenham Festival in March
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Breeder Niall Flynn - who has also enjoyed success as a breeder this season with Grade 3 novice hurdle winner Just Janice - is looking forward to seeing Next Destination tackle the 2m5f Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Next Destination, a six-year-old son of Dubai Destination, had to be kept up to his work as he recorded a breakthrough Grade 1 win in the feature novice hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

"We are delighted Next Destination won and have a three-year-old half-brother to him at home by Presenting. The family has been enjoying a very good run at the moment," said Flynn.

"I'd like to see him go for the 2m5f (Ballymore Novices' Hurdle) - the family excels at that distance and I would like to see him run in that rather than the two-mile or three-mile novice hurdles."

Next Destination is the second elite winner from his family after three-time Grade 1 winner Liss A Paoraigh.

Flynn's parents bought Next Destination's fifth dam Shuil Agragh privately from Matt Kiely, father of trainer John, in 1972.

The Kiely family also campaigned another family member in Shuil Ar Aghaidh to win the 1993 Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Watch Next Destination land his first Grade 1

Shuil Agragh's daughter, the high-class mare Shuil Liss, produced the 1997 Slaney Novice Hurdle winner Liss De Paor (held that year at Thurles as a Grade 3), Liss A Paoraigh and Crackin' Liss, dam of Hitherjacques Lady, who earned some coveted black type for finishing third to Poppy Kay in the Listed mares' hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

Just Janice, who is out of the Listed-placed Presenting mare Liss Na Tintri and whose granddam is Liss A Paoraigh, could now take in the Grade 3 Solerina Hurdle at Fairyhouse en route to the Festival.

Sadly, the Flynn family no longer have a filly or mare from Next Destination's strand of the family as Little Trixie, Liss Alainn's only filly foal, suffered a fatal injury on her third hurdles start, while Liss Alainn herself died in the summer of 2016 while rearing a colt by Sholokhov, who realised €21,000 as a foal at Goffs in 2016.

Flynn pinpoints Pym, a grandson of Shuil Liss, as a dark horse from the family. The five-year-old son Stowaway is out of Lios Rua and ran out a four-length winner on his bumper debut at Ayr for Nicky Henderson on Scottish National weekend.

Henderson evidently rates him highly having won the same bumper with the likes of Sprinter Sacre and River Maigue.

Dubai Destination, meanwhile, took up the role of a jumps sire at Glenview Stud in 2010, and is emerging as a jumps sire of note, having also been responsible for Elegant Escape, second to Black Corton in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton over the Christmas.

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I'd like to see him go for the 2m5f (Ballymore Novices' Hurdle) - the family excels at that distance
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