Paul Nolan prepares for a few big days as Cheltenham festival heroine Ms Milner crosses the Irish Sea to tackle the long distance obstacle in Newbury on Friday.
o The Irish raider has landed the second year competition since the What a Question, formed by Mouse Morris, prevailed 25 years ago and Nolan expects to learn a lot about the six year old mare as she is progressing considerably. in class with the former King remaining Paisley Park among his potential opponents.
Ms Milner pulled off an impressive Pertemps winner in the Cotswolds in March, before picking up where she left off with Listed success in Limerick last month, but the Wexford coach knows she will need to improve to be in the mix.
“She won well in Limerick and I hope she will do a little bit. Obviously she needs to improve, but we decided that this is the path we are going to take and I hope it will. ‘she’ll have a great race,’ said Nolan.
“She manages a nicer terrain. I just hope for God it’s safe, you’d like to think it would. It is a very strange time. I know that with my own farm at home, I have never seen the land so good for this time of year.
Bryan Cooper was on board for his Festival success and the Gold Cup winning rider will continue that partnership once again before attention turns to Nolan’s stable star, Latest Exhibition and a star-studded Fairyhouse card on Sunday.
The eight-year-old returns to the small obstacles at Grade One Hatton’s Grace – sponsored by Baroneracing.com – after a frustrating novice hunting season, and Cooper is hoping it turns out to be the right move.
“He had a good season last year, it’s just unfortunate that he ran into burbot. He could have been a first-year novice on the fencing as well. He had a little procedure done at the end of it. the year there have been a few things, ”Cooper said.
“I don’t think he was really natural on a fence, he was a little too careful. I trained him over hurdles last week and he was extremely quick and skillful, that’s what you need. I hope we made the right decision. It’s a division that is quite open this year and that could benefit it. “
Meanwhile, Colm Murphy has confirmed that Sunday’s Royal Bond Novice Hurdle is the next winner for recent third-year winner Impervious as the thrilling five-year-old looks for four wins in four starts.
“That’s the plan,” Murphy said before insisting “she’s ready to go” as Murphy saddles his first freshman rider since retiring his license again ago. two years.