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Limini: does appear among the 28 remaining in the Mares’ Hurdle

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 By Stuart Riley 4:15PM 8 MAR 2017 

LIMINI and Vroum Vroum Mag could take on each other in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, after the former was not supplemented for the Champion Hurdle.

With Limini not being added to the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the prospects of her stablemate Vroum Vroum Mag, also owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, lining up for the contest have increased, although she also holds an entry in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, a race she won at the Cheltenham Festival last year.

A decision about where to go with Vroum Vroum Mag is set to be left late, but Rich Ricci has not ruled out her taking on Limini at the Cheltenham Festival after a season in which he has lost leading lights Vautour, Getabird, Min, Faugheen and Annie Power.

“What the decision on Limini means for Vroum Vroum Mag is unclear,” Ricci wrote on his RTE blog. “I remember last year when we were supplementing Annie [Power] I said I wasn’t sure we were supplementing the right one considering how well Vroum Vroum was working.

“So I don’t know what to do. She’s in the Champion Hurdle, the Mares’ Hurdle and the Stayers’ Hurdle. What you can do is to be too clever by half, spread yourself too thin and walk away with nothing.”

He added: “I’m not interested in that after the year we’ve had so, although it wouldn’t be my usual stance, I wouldn’t be against both Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag taking each other on. Both are working well, there is still a week to go and we won’t be calling that until the weekend I’d imagine.”

Rich Ricci

Rich Ricci: not against Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag running in same race

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On the decision not to supplement Limini for the Champion Hurdle, her trainer Willie Mullins said on Wednesday: “Limini is fine, but we just decided not to supplement her for the Champion Hurdle. The plan now is for her to go for the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. 

“No decision has been made on which race Vroum Vroum Mag will run in. She has plenty of options so we’ll wait and see.” 

Vroum Vroum Mag is 9-1 for the Champion Hurdle and 6-4 for the Mares’ Hurdle behind Limini, who is the evens favourite.

Coral Cup for Tombstone

Limini, winner of last year’s Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, was a 6-1 chance for the Champion Hurdle. Tombstone, 12-1 for the Champion Hurdle, heads for the Coral Cup on Wednesday instead after also not being added to the Champion Hurdle.

Explaining the decision to run in the Coral Cup instead of the Champion Hurdle, Eddie O’Leary, racing manager for Tombstone’s owner Gigginstown House Stud, said: “It’s purely based on the fact we want to look after Tombstone this year and save him for next year, when we think he will make a lovely chaser.

“We have always had him down as a horse for fences but he had a little setback, hence why he only made his seasonal debut at Navan in January before winning the Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park last month.”

Vroum Vroum Mag and Ruby Walsh

Vroum Vroum Mag: Champion Hurdle, Stayers’ and Mares’ Hurdle options

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Other options

While not in the Champion Hurdle, Limini does remain among the 28 acceptors for the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, along with Vroum Vroum Mag and Apple’s Jade.

Buveur D’Air and Yanworth head the 13 confirmations for the Champion Hurdle. Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle fancy Moon Racer also remains doubly engaged.

Moon Racer was among the 26 still in the Supreme, as was Harry Fry’s Neon Wolf, but Finian’s Oscar and the JP McManus-owned trio of Consul De Thaix, Defi Du Seuil and Charli Parcs were all removed.

Yorkhill was among 15 confirmations for the Racing Post Arkle, along with favourite Altior. A total of 26 remain in the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase.

There were no notable withdrawals from either of the day one handicaps – the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.

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