Hennessy Day test for Plinth
Aidan O'Brien's Plinth will aim to confirm himself a realistic JCB Triumph Hurdle contender by running in the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 9.
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The four-year-old made a winning debut in the colours of JP McManus when getting the better of the Willie Mullins-trained Ivan Grozny by a head in a Leopardstown thriller over the Christmas period.
Ivan Grozny now heads ante-post lists for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after blowing away his rivals at Naas earlier this month, while Plinth is available at double the price at 20/1.
McManus' racing manager Frank Berry believes it would be dangerous to take the Leopardstown form too literally, however.
He said: "He'll have a run at Leopardstown on Hennessy day and we'll know a bit more about him after that. He'll get an entry in the Triumph, but we'll see how he gets on next time.
"I'd say the horse that finished second to him at Christmas improved a lot for the run and jumped much better next time.
"You can look at these things too closely sometimes, but Aidan is happy with the horse and we'll see what happens on Hennessy day."