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MILKWOOD: County Hurdle 3rd to have options “weighed up” following fine Galway Hurdle effort

After a fine showing at Galway, Milkwood’s future will be decided at a later date confirms his trainer

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2F46HRM Milkwood ridden by Robert Dunne clears a fence whilst competing in the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021.

Cheltenham Festival bronze medallist Milkwood will be given time to get over his creditable Galway Festival effort before a decision on his path for the upcoming campaign is taken, Neil Mulholland has confirmed.

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The Dylan Thomas gelding won the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr back in April before a fine second at Ballybrit in the Galway equivalent under Sam Twiston-Davies, with the top-weighted Saldier running out the eventual winner.

WATCH: SALDIER DENIES MILKWOOD IN THE GALWAY HURDLE UNDER PATRICK MULLINS [CREDIT: RACING TV]

But connections will now let the dust settle before mulling over his options for the National Hunt season.

“We were obviously very, very happy with how he performed on the day”, Mulholland told At The Races.

Neil Mulholland was “thankful” his Galway Hurdle exploits paid off as Milkwood finished second

“He’s very solid. He’d been out in the field for a month or five weeks after his run in Scotland and thankfully the plan worked.”

The Wiltshire chief stated that owner Ms. Bridel was open to the idea of her contender tackling the larger obstacles, but with the 7-year-old picking up £50,000 for his Irish second, there was plenty of opportunities to be rewarded financially if sticking with timber.

WATCH: MILKWOOD BOLTS UP IN THE SCOTTISH CHAMPION HURDLE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“We’ll speak to the owner later in the week and see where we’re going to go from here.

“There are so many options. The owner wanted to go novice chasing last year and I convinced her not to. His run the other day would make you wonder whether he should be going novice chasing as it looks like he could still pick up quite a bit of prize-money over hurdles.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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