Minsk set to bypass Fairyhouse
High-class Flat runner and hurdler Minsk is unlikely to make his chasing debut at Fairyhouse this weekend unless the rain arrives.
Winner of the Irish Cesarewitch almost exactly two years ago, the five-year-old showed some encouraging form over timber without perhaps reaching the heights expected of him.
He ran creditably to finish fifth behind The New One at the Cheltenham Festival in March and made his return from a break when fifth in a Flat race at the Listowel Festival last month.
Trained by Dessie Hughes and owned by Barry Connell, Minsk is set for an imminent switch to the larger obstacles, but it looks unlikely he will be starting off his new career in the Fairyhouse Racecourse For Fundraisers Beginners Chase on Saturday.
Connell said: "It depends on the ground in Fairyhouse. At the moment it looks as though it's going to be too dry.
"I think a lot of people in Ireland are in the same boat at the moment. The water table is still very low and we could do with some rain. We should be getting winter ground now and we're not.
"He seems to enjoy jumping fences - he schools well - so we're looking forward to getting him started when he gets the right ground.
"If he doesn't run this weekend, he could run somewhere the following week."