Bridge to sidestep Brae date

Buckers Bridge will sidestep Thursday's Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles in preference for an alternative target at Leopardstown later this month.

The eight-year-old showed some smart form as a novice over fences last season, but failed to make an impact in the Galway Plate during the summer and was also well held in the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal in November.

He looked much more like his old self when winning a conditions event at Gowran Park on his latest appearance, but with some highly-rated horses in contention for Thursday's Grade Two, Buckers Bridge is set to revert to handicap company.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "I wouldn't have thought he'll run (at Thurles). I think we'll probably wait and run him in the Leopardstown Handicap Chase.

"He doesn't look favoured by the weights in the Kinloch Brae and I'm keen to give him some experience in handicap company, so I think we'll wait for Leopardstown."