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There are several interesting hurdle newcomers in this maiden for three-year-olds but Joseph O’Brien’s LARK IN THE MORNIN will set a good standard for them to aim at if making the expected improvement on the back of his promising debut second to Mighty Bandit at Punchestown when having a couple of future winners behind him. Ethical Diamond, Ndaawi and Mordor head the many likely types among the hurdle debutants, while Evening’s Empire is also respected for Eddie & Patrick Harty on the back of her Cork second.
All eyes will be on MARINE NATIONALE, who maintained his unbeaten record for Barry Connell with a fine performance in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and he is already ante-post favourite with several firms for the Arkle at this season’s Festival. Granted a clean round of jumping, he will prove very hard to beat. Willie Mullins’ Ho My Lord shaped with plenty of promise behind smart stablemate Il Etait Temps on his chase debut at Thurles and is preferred to Gordon Elliott’s runner Firm Footings for forecast purposes.
CAPTAIN GUINNESS looked every bit as good as ever when seeing off Dysart Dynamo and Saint Roi who reoppose here in the Fortria Chase at Naas last month and he can provide the Henry de Bromhead yard with a third win in the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase in the last five years. Willie Mullins supplies all four of his rivals and the mare Dinoblue, who is the mount of Mark Walsh among the three owned by J P McManus after winning the Poplar Square Chase at Naas last time, might provide the chief threat ahead of Gentleman de Mee who makes his reappearance.
DADDY LONG LEGS and Gordon Elliott’s impressive Down Royal winner Down Memory Lane are two very smart prospects and look set to fight out the finish. Choosing between them isn’t at all easy but Willie Mullins has landed six of the last eight runnings of the Future Champions Novice Hurdle and Daddy Long Legs, who is Paul Townend’s pick of the yard’s four runners, was a most impressive winner on his hurdles debut at Thurles and is marginally preferred. Down Memory Lane’s stablemate Caldwell Potter, a winner at Navan earlier in the month, is third choice.
ONE LAST TANGO was a good third in this handicap hurdle for Eoin Griffin twelve months ago when a novice and looks set for another bold bid after his promising fourth at Navan last month. That Navan race was won by Fortunedefortunata and a 9 lb rise for that is unlikely to prevent another prominent showing from Gordon Elliott’s charge. The lightly-weighted Still Ciel for Henry de Bromhead and Paul Nolan’s Conyers Hill who has progressed well of late are others to consider.
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This looks a typically wide open Paddy Power Chase and the value angle could be WATCH HOUSE CROSS, who wasn’t disgraced when sixth off this mark in the Troytown at Navan where it was probably the testing conditions rather than the step up to three miles, that proved his undoing. With better ground forecast and the return to a sharper track a plus, he is worth chancing from Henry de Bromhead’s four runners. Top weight Idas Boy did the job well at Punchestown last month and merits respect, along with Adamantly Chosen, who was fourth in that same race. Chemical Energy also has claims.
An expensive purchase by Gigginstown after finishing runner-up in his only start in points, BLEU DE VASSY has filled the same position in a couple of bumpers at Sligo and Fairyhouse for Gordon Elliott, finishing well to be narrowly beaten over a shorter trip last time. He is likely to take a bit of stopping over this extra half-mile unless the betting vibes are notably strong surrounding the Willie Mullins point recruit Joystick who makes his Rules debut in the Ricci colours for a yard looking for a sixth win in this since 2016.
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