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Griffin considers Maggio plansHeadlines
Cheltenham action

Trainer Pat Griffin will make a decision later in the week on whether Maggio will contest the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday.

The seven-year-old won at Kelso on Saturday and is now back in Ireland, and Griffin is wondering whether it may be asking too much to go back over to England so soon.

Maggio has his quirks, which is why he has not run at home since May 2011, but he certainly has an engine, as he showed when hacking up by 18 lengths at the Borders track last weekend.

"We've given him the option, so we'll just see. He's out in the paddock at the moment, recovering," said Griffin.

"It might just be asking a bit much having two trips over in a week.

"We run him over there because he can plant himself at the start at home, but over there the assistant starter can walk behind him and that sets him off. You can't do that here.

"My son James rides him out all the time and he's altered his mind, got him settled. He'll know if he's in good enough shape to go.

"Since his attitude has changed he's become a different horse. They think a lot of the horse that was second on Saturday (Green Flag), we were told he was a machine, and James Reveley couldn't believe he was 18 lengths clear.

"He's got an engine and he can jump a fence, too.

"His owner (Mike Deren) had a major operation last year and his wins have helped Mike massively. Mike wants to run him in France eventually and there are plenty of races we can aim for, so we won't disappoint him."

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