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  • 16:25 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €80,001 added 4yo 7 ran
  • Winner €49,600 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 47.40s
  • Off time: 16:25:43

Unaccompanied in Champion form

Weld filly ready for race

Last Updated: 06/05/11 1:58pm

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Unaccompanied: In good form

Unaccompanied: In good form

Connections of Unaccompanied report the filly to be in good form ahead of her run in Saturday's AES Champion 4yo Hurdle at Punchestown.

A rare National Hunt performer for Moyglare Stud Farm, Dermot Weld's youngster won her first two starts over obstacles before chasing home Zarkandar at Cheltenham in March.

Unaccompanied subsequently came out and won a Listed race on the Flat and Fiona Craig, sales and breeding consultant for Moyglare, is excited about the weekend.

"We're very hopeful she'll run another good race. She's in great order and the rain that fell on Thursday night will be a big help," said Craig.

"It's a competitive race with the English horses coming over, but if she can reproduce her Cheltenham run we'd be overjoyed.

"Paul Carberry rides her, with Paul Townend unfortunately injured, but that will be fine and everyone is looking forward to it.

"I have to say, from a breeding point of view, this isn't exactly what we expected.

"Being by Danehill Dancer out of a Sadler's Wells mare, we hoped she might be an Oaks filly, but she's doing well at what she's doing and that's great.

"She's a Grade One winner over hurdles and, importantly for us, she's now a stakes winner on the Flat. She's a very smart dual-purpose filly.

"She seems to be improving and is one of those fillies that is getting better the older she gets."

Nicky Henderson's Grandouet was just one place behind Unaccompanied at Cheltenham and could be counted an unlucky loser when he was brought down at Aintree next time.

The Seven Barrows handler said: "He's in good form and this will be a good test for him.

"He ran very well at Cheltenham and was obviously unlucky at Aintree.

"It's not easy to do all three Festivals but this is his last chance to run as a novice and we feel he might as well have a go, as he's going to find life difficult next season.

"Dermot Weld's filly is the one to beat, but we weren't far behind her at Cheltenham."

Joining Grandouet on the trip from England is Alan King's Kumbeshwar and Pullyourfingerout from Brendan Powell's stable.

The seven-runner field is completed by Mister Carter, Rocky Wednesday and Twinlight.

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