Chartreux goes for Kerry National gold
Last Updated: 10/09/13 11:19am
Tom George: Trains Chartreux
Trainer Tom George is looking forward to a trip to Listowel next Wednesday as he targets the talented Chartreux at the Guinness Kerry National.
The eight-year-old won a bumper and a hurdle race when trained by David Pipe for owner Roger Brookhouse and struck twice over fences last season after switching to Gloucestershire-based George.
He has not been seen in competitive action since finishing second at Perth in late April, but George has had this valuable pot in mind for some time.
He said: "As long as the ground is safe the intention is to run him in the Kerry National.
"This has been the plan for a while, so he came back into training early.
"Mr Brookhouse was keen to have a runner and he thought this was the most suitable horse for the race.
"He has plenty of ability and had some good runs for us last season. He's a big horse and I think he's matured quite a lot over the summer.
"There's a long winter ahead of him, but he's had a couple of trips away and I think he's pretty straight."
Chartreux is one of just two British-trained entries, the other being the Pipe-trained Shoegazer.
The Pond House handler said on his website, www.davidpipe.com: "We could well be sending a lorry over to Ireland next week as classy staying Shoegazer has an entry in the Kerry National.
"He appears to have a nice racing weight on 10st 11lb and I'm sure there won't be any shortage of volunteers from staff willing to go across with him."
The Colm Murphy-trained Quito De La Roque currently head the weights ahead of Galway Plate hero Carlingford Lough.
Other contenders include Willie Mullins' On His Own, the Edward O'Grady-trained Shot From The Hip and Noel Meade's Muirhead.