>>>>> There’s an aging superstar who’s probably not as good as he used to be pencilled in for a date in Ireland – and we’re not talking about Neil Diamond. Paul Nicholls says he’s planning to send Kauto Star to the Guinness Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival after the dual Gold Cup winner showed no signs of needing an early summer holiday after a weekend workout. “He worked great on Saturday, really well. It’s the obvious race to run him in so we’re looking forward to that,” said Nicholls who’s looking for his third victory in the race. Sky Sports
>>>>> If there’s one thing Willie Mullins knows, it’s a snazzy hat . He also knows how to win the French Champion Hurdle and that’s the ultimate destination for Hurricane Fly as the new Champion Hurdler looks to complete a rare hat-trick. After winning in Cheltenham, he’s heading to the Punchestown Festival for the Rabobank Champion Hurdle and if that goes well, he’s heading over to France for the French Champion Hurdle in June.
>>>>> Becauseicouldntsee only got to the second fence of the Aintree Grand National, but despite his lack of exertions, trainer Noel Glynn has ruled him out of the Irish Grand National and hung up his stirrups for the rest of this season. Glynn explained the Aintree disappointment by making his charge sound like your average pear. “He was too fresh,” he said before giving us our first exceptionally premature mention of Christmas of the year, “We’ll put him out now and bring him back for the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown next Christmas.”
It’s a similar story for Dermot Weld’s Majestic Concorde – although with the 2nd fence replaced by the 24th fence and no overearly reference to Christmas. Irish Independent
>>>>> The happiest man in horse racing has to be Jason Maguire’s legal representative and the jockey’s Ally McBeal is going to get another run out following the news that Maguire has been handed a very harsh 10 day ban for taking the wrong course in a chase at Wetherby. During the race, the field had to miss a fence due to a jockey receiving medical treatment and the Grand National winning jockey reckons his actions prevented further chaos and as such, he’s going to appeal the decision. Racing Post
>>>>> Another overworked legal team that will be on duty once again in coming days belongs to Kieren Fallon as he bids to avoid a ban that would see him miss his plum ride on Native Khan in the 2,000 Guineas. The controversial jockey was handed a 10 day ban for not riding out to the finish line in a race at Southwell last week and he feels it a travesty of justice worthy of an appeal. RTE Sport
>>>>> In some pointless seamless linking, Keiren Fallon may miss the 2,000 Guineas, but Dubai Prince will definitely miss it and the Derby to boot. The Godolphin runner was unlikely to get the better of Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas, but a hairline fracture to his whatever the horsey version of a hip is means he won’t even get the chance. The Independent