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Coy Casey banks on Flemenstar

Last Updated: 08/02/13 5:27pm

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Flemenstar: Hennessy hopeful

Flemenstar: Hennessy hopeful

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Trainer Peter Casey is keeping race tactics close to his chest ahead of Flemenstar's crucial test in Saturday's Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

Given the eight-year-old was beaten less than a length in the Lexus - his first try over three miles - connections are keen on a second crack at the distance to confirm whether or not he is a realistic Cheltenham Gold Cup contender.

There has been much debate about whether Flemenstar should be ridden less forcefully this weekend, but Casey is not giving anything away.

"He's in great shape, there's not a bother on him and we can't do any more with him now," said the County Meath handler.

"Whether he stays or whether he's good enough, only time will tell, but everything is right with the horse.

"There are only five runners and we've sat down and had the meeting about tactics, but I can't tell you what they are - you'll have to wait until the day and see.

"On Saturday night we'll know where we're going, that's for sure."

Should his stamina limitations be exposed this weekend, Flemenstar could still head to Cheltenham for either the Queen Mother Champion Chase back over two miles or the two-mile-five-furlong Ryanair Chase.

"I'd love to have a go at the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but Saturday will tell us everything," said Casey.

"We are all looking forward to it."

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