Mr Monky has an­other live one for Chel­tenham

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

IR­ISH trainer Des McDonogh has been a rare vis­i­tor to the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val since the heady days when his great­est horse Monks­field twice won the Cham­pion Hur­dle in the 1970’s dur­ing a glo­ri­ous se­quence when he was first or sec­ond at the meet­ing five years in suc­ces­sion. Fast for­ward to 2019 and McDonogh seems to have a prime can­di­date for the County Hur­dle in the smart novice Hearts are Trumps who won for the third time in the colours of top owner JP McManus at Galway on Oc­to­ber 9.

Hearts are Trumps is also qual­i­fied for the Supreme Novices Hur­dle but the County looks the ob­vi­ous tar­get if he con­tin­ues to progress over the win­ter.

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