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Geraghty on Kendor in Pierse Hurdle.

Byline: Brian Fleming

BARRY GERAGHTY, successful aboard Essex in the Pierse Hurdle two years ago, is to team up with leading fancy Kendor Dine for Eoin Griffin in Sunday's renewal at Leopardstown, writes Brian Fleming.

The dual Group 3 winner in France got off the mark under Geraghty on his fourth start over hurdles when defeating Pompeius Magnus in a 24-runner Leopardstown maiden hurdle over Christmas.

He is 10-1 joint-second favourite with Paddy Power.

"He got a 5lb penalty for winning his last race, which puts him in at 10st 6lb, and Barry will ride again at the weekend," said the in-form Griffin, who also has leading Triumph Hurdle fancy Lounaos and Sunday's Naas winner Kazal among his hurdling string.

Pat Hughes, who won the Pierse in 2001 with Grinkov and the previous year with Mantles Prince, confirmed that triple handicap scorer View Mount Prince, successful last month over course and distance under Philip Carberry, is also on target for the race.

The six-year-old, who has a 7lb penalty, will have Timmy Murphy on board as Carberry, who rode Pierse ante-post favourite Lenrey to win at Fairyhouse last month, will ride the latter again.

Noel Meade has seven horses among 66 initial entries, which will be narrowed down later today. He said: "Power Elite and Jamid will run and I'm still not sure about Aitmatov and Orbit O'Gold."

Tom Mullins said that New Field, one of three JP McManus entries, would be left in at today's forfeit stage, while First Row is also a confirmed runner.

His trainer Dessie Hughes said: "He got a 4lb penalty for winning last time and the plan is to let him take his chance on Sunday."

Champion Hurdle favourite Detroit City is poised to begin his serious preparations for next month's Agfa UK Hurdle after a spell on "holiday", owner Terry Warner said yesterday.

"I think he's swimming in the pool every other day at Minehead and he's on holiday really," Warner told At The Races.

"He comes back three weeks next Saturday in the Agfa and then goes straight for the Champion if all goes well, but with horses everything can be fine one day and they can be cast in their box the next."

Asian Maze is a possible challenger for the AIG Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 28, although ground conditions will determine whether Tom Mullins' four-time Grade 1 winner takes her chance.

"She is very well and I couldn't be happier with her, but I'm not going to run her in very testing ground again," said Mullins.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2007
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