Minsk set for chasing bow
Minsk, a winner on the Flat and over hurdles, is set to make his debut over fences in the next month.
Owner Barry Connell has revealed that the five-year-old, trained by Dessie Hughes, will go for a beginners' chase following his recent run on the level when he was fifth in the Listed Listowel Stakes at the County Kerry track.
Connell said: "The main plan for Minsk after Listowel is for him to go chasing. Hopefully he'll go for a beginners' chase in three or four weeks' time."
A son of Dalakhani, Minsk has been a great servant to Connell and was most impressive when winning the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh in October 2011 when trained by John Oxx, and has twice placed second in Grade Two company over hurdles.
He was fifth in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March behind The New One.