Flemenstar connections target Aintree

Crack Irish chaser Flemenstar is being prepared for a return to action at Aintree’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting in April after recovering from a lung infection.

Connections are targetting the John Smith’s Melling Chase over 2m 4f for the eight-year-old, who was found to be under the weather when beaten by Sir Des Champs in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown earlier this month.

The setback was enough to rule Flemenstar out of the Cheltenham Festival but trainer Peter Casey reported today that the gelding was now back in full work and in great form.

He said: “He’s grand now, not a bother. He’s been doing his work every day now for nearly a fortnight. We’re heading for Liverpool and the big two-and-a-half mile chase. He’s in great form.”

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