Oscar nominated for Thurles comeback
Oscar Time is set to return to action after being sidelined for the last 12 months through injury in the Glen Chase at Thurles on Thursday.
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The Robert Waley-Cohen-owned gelding, runner-up to Ballabriggs in the 2011 John Smith's Grand National, was being prepared for another crack at the Aintree marathon when he suffered slight tendon damage in January.
Trainer Martin Lynch reports the 11-year-old ready to return to the fray for the first time since he was fourth in a hurdle race at Thurles last November.
"It's great to have him back and his training this year has gone nicely," said the County Westmeath handler.
"We've had him back in after his summer break and all's gone well since then.
"It's day by day and hopefully all will go well.
"This race is a suitable starting point and hopefully we'll be able to take it in.
"He hasn't been over-raced so it's fingers crossed we'll get to Aintree again this season."
There is a field of six for the three-mile heat, including Forpadydeplasterer, who aims to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Trainer Tom Cooper felt the 10-year-old could not jump out of the ground that day, and is hoping for better luck against fewer rivals.
"He had no real race in Cheltenham and came out of it fine, so we thought we'd take a chance," said Cooper.
"The ground may be no better but it's three miles and it's a weaker event so we'll have a go."
Completing the sextet are Berties Dream, Florida Express, Allee Garde and Snooze.