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  • 16:20 Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Chase 3m

  • (Grade 2) €37,500 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,375 4th €1,125
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 17.80s
  • Off time: 16:20:06

Dessie Hughes expects Tofino Bay to take all the beating in Tuesday's Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan.

Last Updated: 18/02/13 4:51pm

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Tofino Bay: Expected to take all the beating

Tofino Bay: Expected to take all the beating

Dessie Hughes expects Tofino Bay to take all the beating in Tuesday's Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan.

The 10-year-old has turned to chasing late in life but has shown very good form, including when beating Willie Mullins' Aupcharlie at Naas last time out.

He holds entries in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase and the Grand National in the spring and those options are still very much in the mix.

"He's been running well and he's really taken to fences," said Hughes.

"I expect him to take all the beating tomorrow. It's a small field which won't bother him and I'll expect we'll make the running like last time. If he carries on progressing, we might have to look at the National as he's 10 now.

"If it's soft ground at Cheltenham, he may run in the four-miler. He's good on heavy because they can't get away from him but as long as its soft over four miles I think he'd be fine."

Mullins runs Terminal in the Grade Two event, an odds-on winner at Cork last month.

"He has shown a good aptitude for jumping fences and I think this trip won't do any harm to him," said Mullins.

"Even though he has won on this ground, it is probably not to his liking. He would prefer nicer ground which he will get later on in the spring, but he has every chance."

Noel Meade runs the nine-year-old He's A Delight who was second at Limerick on his chasing debut under Rules, but had previously been

successful in several point-to-points. "He won a few points so he obviously really wants three miles," said Meade.

"He's got that tomorrow but the competition looks a bit strong for him. There's not many runners though, and if he can stand up, he should bring a nice bit of prize money back. I'd been looking for an easier race but there was nothing that suited him so that's why he's running really."

Mouse Morris' Tillahow completes the four-runner field.

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