American Tom 'ready to start off' in Poplar Square Chase at Naas

Saturday, Nov 11 2017

American Tom bids to get his career back on track in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas on Saturday.

The Rich Ricci-owned six-year-old made an impressive start to his Irish career in a novice hurdle at Gowran in the autumn of 2015 and while he was not seen in action again for over a year, he made it two from two in a beginners' chase at Punchestown last December.

He was a huge disappointment on his most recent start at Naas in January, but was found to be coughing post-race and remains an exciting prospect.

Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father Willie, said: "He's given us a lot of trouble, but he's ready to start off and we're hoping his problems are behind him.

"He's a horse with a lot of ability, so hopefully we can have a clear run with him this year and he can show us on the track what he shows us at home."

American Tom faces five rivals in the two-mile Grade Three, with Gordon Elliott's Ball D'Arc forced to concede weight all round.

The Jessica Harrington-trained Neverushacon , Henry de Bromhead's Ordinary World, Tom Taaffe's Peoples Park and Uncle Danny from John Queally's yard complete the line-up.

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