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Irish switch for Maxie.

Byline: JIm Cremin

MAXIE RUMBLE, John Mullins' star six-bender, is to travel to Ireland to stand at stud with Sean and Ann Bourke, while he recovers from the injury which has kept him off the track since the first round of the Grand Prix at Walthamstow.

His owner, Eddie Jones, confirmed the news yesterday, revealing that the Prestige, Cesarewitch and Midland St Leger champion would be joining Irish Puppy Derby semi-finalist Jack Spark on the ferry over, before heading to the Bourkes' Newpark Stud at Ballyclerihan, near Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Jones said: "Sean has a couple of bitches he's interested in putting Maxie to and we thought that, while he was off the track, he should travel over to Ireland and stay for a few months for breeders to use if they so wish.

"The Bourkes also have the facilities to take and keep frozen semen from Maxie so that when he's back on the track next year breeders can still get `access' to him."

Jones added that Maxie Rumble would return to John Mullins' Essex base January-time.

"Sean has said he'll keep Maxie ticking over once his injury has healed, and he'll return to John with the Prestige at Hall Green in mind. He won it this year and we'd like him to defend the title.

"John has said there's no rush with him. He feels the dog has another good year in him. He doesn't turn three until January, and hopefully he'll come back as good as ever."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
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