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Options open for Big Blue at Cheltenham

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained hurdler Big Blue (Galileo) has been nominated for four races at next month’s famous Cheltenham Festival in England. Maher said he was favouring the Coral Cup (Gr 3, 2m 5f) on the second day of the Festival while the eight-year-old gelding has also been entered for a race on day three and two on the final day of the four-day meeting. “We didn’t get any favours at the handicap and 140 is quite high I thought for what he has done,” Maher said. “At least he’s got one now and if you had a set of flippers and a canoe you’d be more likely to win a race. It’s not quite the ideal preparation, but it’s not ideal for a lot over there at the moment. It’s a bit daunting. He’s had a few little hiccups over there, but I think we’ve got them ironed out now and he’s going the right way.”