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Kingwell aim for Hors La Loi.

HORS LA LOI, off the track since disappointing at Auteuil in mid-November, is set to reappear in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on February 24.

Connections are targeting the Axminster 100-sponsored event ahead of a return visit to the Cheltenham Festival, where the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle provides the likely option for the five-year-old.

Owner Paul Green said yesterday: "Dean Gallagher came over to France recently and schooled Hors La Loi, and the horse worked brilliantly. He will run next at Wincanton and then we will see."

Hors La Loi began his career with Francois Doumen before being sent to Martin Pipe, who landed both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Glenlivet Anniversary Hurdle with the gelding.

In the summer, Hors La Loi was sent back to Doumen and has since finished third in his only race at Auteuil, after which he was reported to have bled.

Meanwhile, Conor O'Dwyer yesterday spoke in glowing terms of two leading Irish Cheltenham contenders.

The rider is looking forward to riding Youlneverwalkalone and Native Upmanship, both winners at Leopardstown last Sunday.

The former, trained by Christy Roche, was an impressive winner of the Deloitte & Touche Novice Hurdle and O'Dwyer told the Racing Channel: "He travels super, jumps great and we're absolutely delighted with him. He gets there so easily and he has a lot of gears."

The gelding is in both the Capel Cure Sharp Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle at the Festival.

The Arthur Moore-trained Native Upmanship is bound for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase after a gutsy win in the P J Moriarty Novice Chase.

Coral promoted the seven-year-old to 4-1 favouritism for the Festival contest following his half-length defeat of Commanche Court.

O'Dwyer said: "We're looking forward to bringing him to Cheltenham for the SunAlliance. He's got his jumping together and three miles will suit him well."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Stoneham, Desmond
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2000
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