A competitive field for the 3m 1f handicap chase which can go the way of LAUGHING TRIX for trainer Dermot McLoughlin. The eight-year-old has been consistent and versatile over both hurdles and fences so far this season, which included a nice victory at Fairyhouse in early November. She can be forgiven for a recent fall at Punchestown with the ground and trip looking ideal here off an unchanged rating of 91.
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RICKY LANGFORD heads back over fences this Sunday afternoon for Philip Rothwell and can reserve the form with All The Chimneys following a clash here over course and distance last month. The seven-year-old has been ultra-consistent for Rothwell this season and is rated to turn the tables on the course specialist. All The Chimneys was fancied before disappointing recently at Clonmel but returns to this track having only once finished outside the top four places, while Western Sea is another for the shortlist following a much-improved run here last month.
LUNAR DISPLAY sets the standard for Joseph O’Brien (rated 127) following her recent second place efforts behind Hollow Games and Chemical Energy at both Navan and Fairyhouse. The drop back in trip shouldn’t be a concern having previously beaten Blazing Khal over this trip in a Leopardstown bumper last March. J J Selvin will sit handy and should have enough in the tank on this mare to see off Braganza and Family Business who both won nicely over course and distance last month.
ANDYS FLAME can make his mark on a first run in handicap company for trainer John McConnell in this 2-mile handicap hurdle. The four-year-old stayed on to finish an eye-catching fifth behind Gringo D’aubrelle in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse last month. He can reverse the form with Mind Your Money (who finished fourth at Fairyhouse) and go close under Brian Hayes off an opening hurdles rating of 109. Elsewhere, Mighty Tom warrants respect on his fifth place run behind Echoes In Rain at Naas last February, while The Names Jock could be interesting with John Gleeson taking off 7Ibs.
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NELL’S WELL has proved versatile for trip and ground and can improve further to land the Horse & Jockey Hurdle at Thurles on Sunday afternoon. She travelled extremely well when winning in graded company at Cork earlier this month, seeing off Churchstonewarrior in impressive fashion to reach an improved rating of 118. Her previous experience of this track when second twice in November is another positive and she can score from Mr Fred Rogers and Mythical Hero.
The opening division of the 2-mile mares’ bumper should be won by the Gordon Elliott trained BURN THE EVIDENCE with Harry Swan in the saddle. The up and coming young jockey can get compensation here having been slightly unlucky on this horse when finishing third at Fairyhouse last month. The filly travelled nicely into the race before getting slightly hammered when making a move at the two-furlong pole and getting squeezed between two rivals with The Nice Guy getting first run to win. Elsewhere, a good run from Branganza earlier on the card would be welcomed for backers of Dorans Weir, while the booking of Derek O’Connor is eye-catching by Jonathan Sweeney on Reine Machine.
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