McConnell eyeing Musselburgh date for Bardenstown Lad

Bardenstown Lad could return to action at Musselburgh next month after being given a break by trainer John McConnell following his victory at Cheltenham in October.

The County Meath handler is eyeing the Scottish Stayers’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Edinburgh venue on February 5 for his promising seven-year-old.

Bardenstown Lad took his tally to three wins from four starts over the smaller obstacles – and four in six under Rules – when making his stamina tell over three miles at Prestbury Park.

“He had a little break after Cheltenham,” said McConnell.

“He’s back in training now and there’s a good chance he might come over for the Cheltenham Trials weekend.

“I think there’s a stayers’ novice hurdle for him.”

McConnell operates at a healthy 27 per cent strike-rate at the Scottish venue currently.

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