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Brave Inca now doubtful for Punchestown.

Byline: Dave Keena

BRAVE INCA, who has been off the track since April 2007, is a doubtful runner in the Grade 1 Maplewood Developments Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday, writes Dave Keena.

The ten-year-old, who suffered an injury to his near-fore tendon in August last year, is taking longer to come to hand than trainer Colm Murphy anticipated and could now head to Fairyhouse on November 30 for the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

Murphy said: "He is well in himself but he just had a bit of muscle trouble a few weeks ago and I think Sunday will come a bit soon for him. He is due to work in the morning, but I'd say he is a doubtful starter at the minute.

"The ground at the weekend wasn't an issue, but we don't want to run him unless we are happy with him."

He added: "I'd say he'll more than likely go for the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse now."

Murphy also had news on the smart Zaarito, a triple bumper winner last season, who was third behind Cousin Vinny in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and is 12-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with Bet365, Boylesports and Stan James.

"He is grand now, but he got a bang on a knee three weeks ago and that just held us up a bit. He is in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and that is his early season target, but I want to get a run into him before that, so I'd say we'll start him off in the next two weeks.

"He jumps well and he has won on all types of ground, so that won't be a problem for him."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2008
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