Charlie Longsdon confirms Ireland plans


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Trainer Charlie Longsdon has confirmed his stable charge Snow Leopardess will now head to Ireland following her impressive win at Newbury on Saturday.

The five-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to her career after winning four races from seven outings.

Snow Leopardess started the new season in September with a win in a Listed bumper at Gowran Park before finishing third to Dusky Legend at Newbury in November.

Another win at Doncaster in November was followed by a third-place finish at the same track last month but Longsdon’s charge produced a career-best performance last weekend.

The grey mare displayed some fantastic jumping to win the EBF & TBA Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle Finale and Longsdon is ready to test her again.

He plans to run her in the Grade One Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.

He told At The Races: “She’s a fresh mare who loves life. I was extremely happy with her the other day and extremely happy afterwards.

“We’ll give her a few days in the sun and get her going again. She won her bumper at Gowran Park very impressively and the form of that race has worked out exceptionally well.

“Since Gowran Park we’ve always had the plan of going to Newbury before going for the Grade One at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.

It might be a very grand plan but it’s something we’ve always aimed for and we’ve got three weeks to get there.

“She’s travelled over to Ireland before and won and I’ve got no reason to believe she can’t do it again.”

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