Micky Hammond targets Naas prize with Just Cameron

Wed 22 Feb 2017

Just Cameron is set to make his second appearance in Ireland at Naas on Sunday.

Micky Hammond's stable star ran a fantastic race to finish a clear second to Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Novice Chase at the 2015 Punchestown Festival and has been campaigned at a high level during the subsequent two years.

The 10-year-old was well beaten on his seasonal reappearance in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November but has performed well in lesser company since, finishing third in the Castleford Chase at Wetherby over Christmas before returning to the West Yorkshire circuit to snap a long losing run last month.

He will now head across the Irish Sea to contest a Grade Three chase over two miles.

Hammond said: "He ran well in the Castleford and stepped up on that to win a nice prize back at Wetherby.

"He's been mixing it with some of the best for the last couple of years and finishing fifth or sixth, so it was nice to see him get his head in front again.

"He came out of Wetherby in good form. The plan is to run in Ireland at the weekend and we're expecting a big run."

Just Cameron finished sixth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last March and Hammond is keen to see how his charge performs this weekend before deciding whether to have another crack at the two-mile chasing crown.

"Let's get this weekend out of the way before we think about Cheltenham," said the Leyburn-based trainer.

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