Brinkley may head to Leopardstown next

Doyle picks out Christmas Festival maiden for promising hurdler.

  • Wednesday 27 November
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Brinkley could make his second appearance over hurdles at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival, following his highly-promising jumps debut at Punchestown.

The Horse & Jockey Hotel Maiden Hurdle over two and a half miles on December 28 is a race trainer Liz Doyle is considering for the French-bred four-year-old.

He had shown plenty of ability on his only bumper start at Punchestown in April, and stepped up on that to finish third of 22 behind Blue Sari this month, beaten only a length by the Cheltenham Festival runner-up.

Doyle said: “I was delighted. He’s a big baby, so I’m taking my time with him, and he’ll probably end up being a three-miler.

“It was a huge run for a horse with so little experience, so I was very pleased with him.

“He has a wonderful French pedigree, and I hope he has a big future ahead of him.

“I’m giving him a nice gap between his races. You don’t want to be rocking them out too soon.”

It is likely there will therefore be six weeks between his first two runs of the season.

“We might have a look at Leopardstown over Christmas – I might stick to two and a half miles in a four-year-olds only maiden,” said Doyle.

“A big track like Leopardstown would suit him. He has a huge stride and needs hurdles and a good, galloping track.

“I’ve just been taking my time with him. It’s just exciting for the future.”

Brinkley may head to Leopardstown next
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