Third time lucky for Grand

Henderson ace chasing Irish prize

Last Updated: 26/04/11 1:01pm

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Grandouet will bid to finally snare a big spring prize when he heads over to Punchestown next week.

Nicky Henderson's charge finished third to Zarkandar in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, he was still going very well when brought down at the second-last flight of the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.

He now heads over to Ireland for the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle on May 7th.

"It is difficult to know which Festival to target with Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown all close together, but Grandouet is going to try and do all three," trainer Nicky Henderson told At The Races.

"He's only a four-year-old and he could struggle next year, as five-year-olds tend to, and this is his last chance to run as a novice.

"I think he was going very well at Aintree when he was brought down. I actually think his biggest danger would have been the horse that brought him down (Palawi).

"The winner (Zarkandar) was not that impressive but I know he found plenty at Cheltenham."

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