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McNally planning full examination of Dreal Deal

    Prolific winner failed to fire on Navan return.
  • Wednesday 08 December 2021
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Dreal Deal is to have a thorough check-up to see what is ailing him after a disappointing comeback run at Navan.

The six-year-old finished a distant fourth of six, 37 lengths behind the winner Riviere D’etel in the Grade Three contest on his chasing debut.

It was the second race in a row Dreal Deal had put in a below-par performance after chalking up a six-timer in a Grade Two hurdle at Punchestown in January.

Owner-trainer Ronan McNally will not make any plans until he finds out what is wrong.

“He’s been very quiet in himself. He hasn’t fired this season at all. He’s not eating that great. There’s a problem, but I can’t put my finger on it,” said the County Armagh handler.

“He won’t run again until I find out what is troubling him. He’s just a bit flat and not himself.

“He’s been jumping and schooling really well, but in his work he’s flat. The main problem is he’s just not eating great. When they’re not eating well it’s hard for them to be energetic.

“We’re going give him a full MOT with the vet and exhaust every avenue we can. I think it could be something simple like his stomach or his gut. There are some things not working properly.

“He’s a wee bit unhappy in himself. We’ll just go back to the drawing board and get him right before we run him again.”