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Hors may take on Istabraq at Aintree.

HORS LA LOI could clash with Istabraq in the Martell Aintree Hurdle on April 10, with French Holly and Barton also potential runners, writes Matt Chapman.

Martin Pipe declared his impressive Cheltenham winner a possible contender shortly before Aidan O'Brien confirmed that Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq was an intended runner.

O'Brien said: "Istabraq has come out of the Champion Hurdle in good form and the plan is to run him at Aintree. He was a good bit heavier than we thought he would be for Cheltenham and I'd say there is a good bit more to come from him this season."

Pipe, fresh from a break in Portugal, said: "Hors La Loi will be entered in two or three races at Aintree, and he may well be entered for the Martell Aintree Hurdle, depending on what his owner, Paul Green wishes. The horse has been fine since Cheltenham."

At the Festival, Hors La Loi scored an easy win over Joe Mac in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Pipe said that Majadou, who hacked up in the Mildmay of Flete Chase at Cheltenham, would also be in action at Aintree, though Gold Cup flop Unsinkable Boxer has been let down for the season.

Champion owner David Johnson expects both Gris d'Estruval and Mr Lamb to run at Aintree.

He said yesterday: "Gris d'Estruval will be entered for lots of races but may well try to win the John Hughes, which we won with Cyfor Malta 12 months ago.

"We're hoping to get Jamie Spencer to ride Mr Lamb in the bumper, though there is still a chance that, instead of Mr Lamb, Golden Alpha will represent me in the race."
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Author:Chapman, Matt
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 29, 1999
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