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Prengarde ‘on song’ for Cheltenham cross-country assignment

Enda Bolger is planning some key pieces of work for his Cheltenham candidates before firming up his Festival team.

The trainer’s squad is set to be spearheaded by Prengarde, the ex-French runner who was bought by JP McManus earlier in the year and is among the leading lights for the Glenfarclas Chase, behind only Tiger Roll and Delta Work in the ante-post market.

The six-year-old was a seven-time winner in France, and while he failed to make an impact on his Irish bow, reverting to hurdles and finishing well down the field at Naas, he is reported to have come on for that outing.

He could be joined in the cross-country by stablemates Midnight Maestro and Shady Operator, who finished first and second at Punchestown last month.

Champagne Platinum is also entered for the cross-country race, plus the Kim Muir, while Birchdale is a possible in the Paddy Power Plate.

Bolger said: “We have a few bits of work to do this week and we’ll be in a better position to make a decision on what we send to Cheltenham after that.

“Prengarde is on song for it. We had to get him out and he’s come on for the run over hurdles at Naas. He’ll work again on Wednesday.

“Champagne Platinum is in the Kim Muir as well as the cross country and he’s also in the Leinster National at Naas on Sunday, so he has a few options.

“Midnight Maestro and Shady Operator are both bang on for the cross country.”

Bolger seeking suitable opportunity for new recruit Prengarde

Enda Bolger is running out of time to get a run into his new French recruit Prengarde before the Cheltenham Festival.

Bought by JP McManus after winning at Compiegne, he is joint-favourite with some bookmakers for the Glenfarclas Chase with Tiger Roll.

Only a six-year-old, Bolger is not keen on heading to Cheltenham without a prior run.

“He’s good, but we’re only just learning and getting to know him,” said Bolger.

“We’re trying to think of somewhere where we can get a race into him as he hasn’t run since November.

“He’s only six as well and whether he gets there (Cheltenham) or not, I don’t know at the moment. We’re taking it day by day, but we have two good subs anyway (Shady Operator and Midnight Maestro).”

Asked if Prengarde could go straight to Cheltenham, he added: “No, definitely not, he’d get too tired.

“He was only five when he had everything done in France, we don’t have to teach him to jump or anything as he’s very professional about that.

“We’ll see what’s going to happen in the next 10 days or so.”

Cross-country star Easysland switched to Jonjo O’Neill’s yard

Connections are hopeful Easysland will be able to bid to regain his Glenfarclas Chase crown at Cheltenham after it was revealed the eight-year-old has recovered from injury and joined Jonjo O’Neill’s stable.

Easysland was trained in France by David Cottin when he defeated dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll by 17 lengths at the 2020 Festival. He has been beaten in both his runs since, including the cross-country event last year when Tiger Roll took his revenge.

However, Easysland suffered a setback while on his summer break at his owner JP McManus’ Martinstown Stud in County Limerick and has recently moved to O’Neill’s base at Jackdaws Castle.

“He hasn’t been in France since he ran last. He’s gone over to Jonjo’s from Martinstown. He’s got good facilities and hopefully, if he can keep him sound, he’ll get to the cross country,” said McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry.

“We’ll try to get a race into him before Cheltenham if it’s possible. He’s only been over at Jonjo’s a couple of weeks.

“He had plenty of issues, but he’s sound now and it’s a case of keeping him sound. Hopefully he’ll get there with a bit of luck.”

The McManus team are awaiting the arrival of another French import Prengarde, who has been bought out of Guillaume Macaire and Hector de Lageneste’s yard to join Enda Bolger in Co. Limerick.

The six-year-old has been quoted as low as 4-1 for the cross country at the Festival but as yet connections have not mapped out a programme.

“I can’t tell you much about him. He’ll be on his way from France and is going to Enda Bolger, but I can’t say what the plans are because we haven’t got him on board yet,” said Berry.

“We are waiting for him, and he’s only turned six, so we have no plans at the minute. We will see how he settles in and how everything goes.”

Prengarde has won his last five races over fences, all at Compiegne, culminating in a Listed contest on his latest start in November.