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Leopardstown aim for Fringe

On The Fringe, one of Ireland's leading hunter chasers, will have his final race before Cheltenham at Leopardstown on Hennessy Gold Cup day.

The Raymond Smith Memorial Hunters Chase on February 9, which Enda Bolger's charge won in 2011, is also a likely target for Willie Mullins' Quel Esprit and Ireland's two best hunter chasers from the past two seasons, Salsify and Tammys Hill.

Since the 2010-11 season On The Fringe has struggled with injuries and been lightly raced, but he looked right back to his best when beating Tammys Hill and Salsify at Down Royal over Christmas.

"He's very good at the minute and he'll go to Leopardstown on Hennessy day," said Bolger.

"He won the race a few years ago and then went on to Cheltenham but he was only six, he's more of a man now.

"The idea is to step towards to Foxhunter at Cheltenham. When he ran in it before he was a boy but like I said he's more of a man now."