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  • 13:55 John Meagher Memorial Chase 2m 6f

  • (Listed) €27,500 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €17,874 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,475 4th €825
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 8.40s
  • Off time: 13:56:03

Joncol back on track

Joncol in good health ahead of first start since February

Last Updated: 02/11/11 5:35pm

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Joncol: Back on track at Thurles on Thursday

Joncol: Back on track at Thurles on Thursday

Paul Nolan's hoping Joncol can get back on track when he has his first race since February in the John Meagher Memorial Chase at Thurles on Thursday.

The County Wexford trainer believes the 2010 Leopardstown Hennessy winner's problems have been resolved and is looking forward to a decent performance in the Listed contest over two and three-quarter miles.

"We're very pleased at the moment with Joncol. We are hoping we can get him back to running up to scratch again," said Nolan.

"He was disappointing last season and we've sorted out some problems.

"We're hoping he'll give a good account of himself. He will come on for the run.

"He's a big horse and we haven't had as much work on grass with him as we'd have liked because of the ground until up to a couple of weeks ago.

"He will come on for the run, but he's in good health and seems well in himself."

Fingers Crossed

Nolan has his fingers crossed that his other runner, Clan Tara, will show signs of a revival after losing his way.

He said: "He's been very disappointing in his last two runs. He had an awful fall in Thurles last year and we're trying to rekindle some of his spark."

Roberto Goldback is having his first run since joining the Dessie Hughes' team from Jessica Harrington's stable.

The nine-year-old looked desperately unlucky on his last start when he unseated his rider when holding a narrow lead at the final fence in the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup in May.

"He was a bit unlucky last year, but he's a decent horse," said Hughes.

"We're looking for a good run. It's a nice race to start him off. The conditions of the race suit him reasonably well, but also suit Cooldine very well. We have to give him 10lb so we'll see."

Cooldine, trained by Willie Mullins, and the Tony Martin-trained Psycho complete the five-horse line-up.

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