Trainer Don Cantillon taking his time with smart mare As I Am

Last Updated: 16/01/14 3:25pm

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As I Am: A very valuable and talented mare

As I Am: A very valuable and talented mare

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Don Cantillon's smart mare As I Am is having a mid-season break before returning to action in April.

The six-year-old has won seven races already, including one at Listed level at Newbury.

Since then she has run creditably in two further races at that level with a penalty, and a similar event at Cheltenham is her target before going chasing.

"She's out on her holidays at the moment," said Cantillon.

"The next time she'll run will be at Cheltenham on April 17 in a Listed mares' novice hurdle over two miles, then after that she'll probably go chasing in the summer.

"I'm giving her two months off as she's had a busy time of it but she's picked up plenty of black type. She's been amazing.

"It was a calculated risk to take her to Taunton last time as she's better going left-handed but she still ran a gutsy race on very heavy ground.

"She could be very good over fences but it will be nervous watching her as she's very valuable now."

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