Nolan admits Joncol Lexus fears

Updated: December 22, 2011

Paul Nolan has admitted that he fears Wednesday’s Lexus Chase at Leopardstown may come too soon for his stable star Joncol.

The eight-year-old finished third in last years contest and was last seen chasing home Rubi Light in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

However, with just over a fortnight to recover from that run, Nolan is unsure whether his horse will be at his best when he reopposes the Punchestown winner next week.

“We’re pleased with him. You don’t know until you go and run if you’re running too soon or not and it’s only 17 days,” Nolan told At The Races.

“He had a very hard race in the John Durkan and some very good horses couldn’t even jump the last. For the ground it was, I think it was a very fast pace and a fast time.

“He seems very well and fresh in himself, but you don’t really know until you go whether he’s flat or not. We’ll wait and see, but we’d prefer it if it was a week later.”

Nolan does not expect Robbie Hennessy’s charge to lack stamina,despite some pundits feeling that he may be better over two and a half miles.

“I can’t see any reason why Rubi Light won’t stay. Both Davy Russell and Andrew Lynch who’ve rode the horse are confident that he will stay three miles,” Nolan added.

“The ground is going to be testing enough as Leopardstown have had a lot of rain, but I’d be confident Rubi Light will stay, so we’re going to have to improve a few lengths to beat him.”

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