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Mikael D'Haguenet: Goes back up in class at Limerick
After finally securing his first win over fences Mikael D'Haguenet steps back up in class for the Greenmount Park Novice Chase at Limerick on Boxing Day.
After winning major novice hurdle prizes at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals in the spring of 2009, the eight-year-old looked set to take high rank over fences.
He missed the following campaign with injury and when he did return in the 2010 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, he fell at the last with the race at his mercy and little has gone right since.
However, there was much to like about his winning performance at Punchestown earlier this month and trainer Willie Mullins hopes that victory will have given him the confidence to get his career back on track ahead of his latest Grade Two assignment.
"He goes there with plenty of experience and we were delighted to see him get off the mark over fences the last day," said the champion trainer.
"He hasn't been the luckiest horse in the world but hopefully now he can put things together and get going again.
"The ground at Limerick should be all right for him so we'll see what happens."