Hughes mulls Minsk plan

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 11:27 GMT

Dessie Hughes may wait until Christmas to give Minsk his second run of the campaign after the four-year-old opened his account over hurdles at Punchestown on Saturday.

Dessie Hughes: Formulating a plan with recent winner Minsk

Minsk, a smart performer on the Flat for John Oxx, was just having his second start over jumps after finishing runner-up on his hurdling bow at Fairyhouse in February.

The Barry Connell-owned gelding holds an entry in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on December 2, but Hughes feels that race might come too soon.

"It was nice. It's always a worry the first day especially going further, two and a half miles," said the Curragh trainer.

"He did it well, stayed well and jumped well. He couldn't have done much more.

"The second, the mare (Glens Melody) of Willie's (Mullins) is decent enough. She was unbeaten, so you'd have to say it was good.

"We were pleased with him and I don't honestly know if we should run him in the Royal Bond or wait until Christmas.

"The Royal Bond might come up too quick - it's only in two weeks.

"I think two miles will be fine for him, a good pace on soft ground, but if we have to go two and a half then we will."


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