John Oxx star set for Triumph Hurdle

The John Oxx trained 3-y-o colt Minsk, ran out an effortless winner of the 2011 Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon.

Victorious in his previous two starts, the Currabeg inmate took up the running fully two furlongs from home and pulled clear all the way to the line. Jockey Sam James never had a moments worry and was looking around for non existent dangers in the last furlong. It was Oxx’s eighth success in the premier staying handicap,but it may be the horses last run for the top flat handler.

Having recently been purchased by leading national hunt owner Barry Connell, Minsk will today move to the nearby stables of jumps trainer Dessie Hughes. The horse will be prepared for a tilt at the Triumph Hurdle, for which he has been introduced into the betting as a 16/1 chance.

Reflecting on yesterday’s race, Oxx said: “I thought the handicapper might have got him after his last win, but it just shows that when they’re improving you can never be sure what they’re capable of.”

He added: “He’ll make a good hurdler.”


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