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Byrnes considers Arnaud options

Charles Byrnes will keep a check on the weather before deciding whether to keep Arnaud on the go.

The five-year-old made a triumphant return from a six-month break after two wins over fences with a smooth victory over hurdles at Downpatrick on Friday.

However, Arnaud is best on decent ground and with conditions easing, the County Limerick trainer is making no definite decisions about his next run.

"We were very pleased with his run the last day. He did it well," said Byrnes.

"He'll probably go back over fences but we have no firm plan at the minute.

"It is unlikely he will run over Christmas. The ground's getting soft. If the ground stayed good I may enter him at Limerick, but we are starting to get an awful lot of rain here now."

Byrnes revealed Domination could make his chasing debut in the spring.

The six-year-old disappointed on his latest start when well-beaten in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October, but had previously been in sparkling form with wins on the Flat and over hurdles.

"He's on a break at the moment. You won't see him until April. He might start over fences. We schooled him before we left him off," said Byrnes.