DISCORAMA: IN FINE FETTLE AFTER CHELTENHAM

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Co.Wexford based trainer Paul Nolan is happy to report Discorama in fine health after his courageous near miss in the stamina-testing renewal of Cheltenham’s four mile National Hunt Chase.

Discorama was agonisingly beaten just half a length by Le Breuil at the end of the lengthy event, in which only four of the 18 runners finished. Discorama traded as short as 1.3 in running heading to the final fence.

Nolan is watchful of the six-year-old’s efforts in rain-softened ground at last week’s Festival, and is therefore cautious of obligating him to next month’s Irish Grand National – or indeed running again at all this season.

Nolan insisted: 

“He’s come out of it very well. It was nerve-wracking to see such a gruelling contest. But the horse is after coming out of it very well – and I’ve no worries, thank God.”

“If someone had said going over that you were going to be second you would have taken it, But I just thought that on a couple of occasions he was going to win – and that’s where you’d be disappointed after, when you are just beaten. It’s such a long-distance race, and we were beat basically in the last 100 yards.

When you look back at the race, there were a couple of little things happened – he was hampered a couple of times and had a few little novicey jumps early on that meant he lost bits of ground. He got a super ride from Barry (O’Neill), and we’ve no complaints – that’s just racing.”

Nolan confirmed Discorama holds an entry at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. But he maintained: “It’s perhaps too early to be making plans. He was entered in the Irish National just in case. I couldn’t be happier with him. But it will all depend how I feel he looks – we’ll see if it starts hitting him in a couple of days’ time and if he starts to get too light or something like that.

We’ll wait for another week or two until we get back on his back. I want to do right by the horse. It was a tough race, and you don’t like making too many plans. We’ll err on the side of caution and see how he is.”

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