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Leopardstown Sunday briefing: Arkle test for course bridesmaid Bust Out.

Byline: Tony O'Hehir

BUST OUT, who has twice gone close to landing big prizes at the track, returns to Leopardstown tomorrow attempting to go one better in the Baileys Arkle Cup Chase, writes Tony O'Hehir.

Best known for almost upsetting Istabraq in the 2001 December Festival Hurdle, Bust Out ran another JP McManus-owned big name, Le Coudray, to half a length in the Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase last month.

A year ago Bust Out's trainer Jessica Harrington, who also runs Soltero in the Grade 1 event, saw her Moscow Flyer, who started odds-on favourite, fall at the fifth fence in the Irish Arkle before landing the more prestigious Cheltenham version.

Bust Out has that Festival race as his target and his performance behind Le Coudray last month when there was a 20-length gap back to Ricardo, who reopposes tomorrow, virtually guarantees that the seven-year-old will start a short-priced favourite for the eight-runner event.

Harrington said: "Bust Out is in very good form. He worked with Moscow Flyer on Wednesday and went well. He made a mistake in the Denny which was understandable as it was only his second race over fences.

"I was delighted with Soltero's close fourth to Colonel Braxton and other more-experienced horses last time. He seems to have got his jumping together."

Also two-handed is Willie Mullins who runs One Night Out and Alexander Milenium, who will be making his chasing debut on his first start of the season.

Mullins said: "Alexander Milenium was entered for ordinary novice races this week but I decided the prospect of better ground and a shorter trip would be better to start him off.

"He's schooled well and I was very happy with the work he did this week. We are asking a big question in his first chase and the first priority is a clear round.

"One Night Out hasn't been working well and we are running him back at the trip he won over at Fairyhouse. He didn't seem to stay three miles last time."

Conor O'Dwyer, rider of Jurado Express, who is unbeaten in two starts over fences for Arthur Moore, said: "He's done everything right and has to have a decent chance, although Bust Out will be hard to beat."

BAILEYS ARKLE CUP

Paddy Power: 11-10 Bust Out, 5 Jurado Express, Alexander Milenium, 7 Soltero, 10 Native Scout, 12 One Night Out, Rathgar Beau, 16 Ricardo.

Cashmans: 13-8 Bust Out, 9-2 Alexander Milenium, 11-2 Jurado Express, Native Scout, 6 Soltero, 10 One Night Out, 16 Rathgar Beau, 28 Ricardo.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2003
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