Lady Buttons back to fences for Aintree

‘No regrets’ for trainer Kirby over Cheltenham target

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Lady Buttons will revert to fences at Aintree next month after claiming a fine fourth in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Connections of the nine-year-old had faced a difficult choice in the run up to the Festival, with dual-purpose performer Lady Buttons holding entries both in Tuesday’s mares’ race and the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.

They eventually opted to try their luck over the smaller obstacles, but trainer Phil Kirby will now switch back to fences at the Grand National meeting.

He said: “She ran well enough, but obviously in hindsight now, we would probably have gone for the other race knowing what we know.

“There’s no regrets. We said we’d give her a chance and perhaps it didn’t quite work out, but she’s back in one piece and that’s the main thing.

“She will probably go to Aintree now – it was always the plan to go back over fences with her.”

Lady Buttons back to fences for Aintree
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