Benny may head to England next

Sunday, Aug 18 2019

Liam Cusack will consider autumn handicaps either side of the Irish Sea for Snugsborough Benny, following his excellent effort to snatch third in the Galway Plate.

The nine-year-old made up a lot of ground in the closing stages to take minor honours behind Borice in the valuable handicap chase over an extended two and three-quarter miles.

County Laois trainer Cusack said: “We could have done with a drop of rain to slow things down a bit – but he ran a great race, and we were very happy.

“The Galway Plate is always a competitive race, and there is a better class of horse running in it now. The prize-money is so good.

“It was brilliant that he was so competitive in it.”

Cusack is happy to give Snugsborough Benny a short break, before pinpointing his next target.

He said: “I’ve nothing planned really – (but) he’ll go for those nice handicaps. I just gave him a chance after Galway, and we’ll come back for those races later on.

“I’ll keep the options open and discuss it with the owners. He’ll probably have a few entries in England, and we’ll go from there.

“Ground-wise, he probably doesn’t want it too quick – he is versatile and will handle soft as well.

“We’ll just have to pick our battles. At that level, it is very competitive racing, so we’ll see if we can pick one.”

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