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5.30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup preview

A difficult puzzle with the added complication that it is a race for amateur riders, some of whom are more than capable of holding their own against professionals while others are … not quite so polished. Derek O’Connor, Rob James and Patrick Mullins, who ride leading fancies School Boy Hours, Frontal Assault and Mister Fogpatches respectively, very much fall into the former category and may well be the ones to focus on.

Frontal Assault is the young potential improver, with just three chase starts, while School Boy Hours prevailed in the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown in December. I’ll row in with Patrick Mullins and Mister Fogpatches though, as he’s a thorough stayer who will love the testing conditions and ran an excellent trial – on much faster ground – over course and distance when second here in December.

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4.50 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle result

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4.50 Mares’ Novice Hurdle preview

Harry Fry’s unbeaten six-year-old Love Envoi is the only realistic challenger to a huge Irish contingent here, which is led by Willie Mullins’s Dinoblue. She doesn’t have a great deal of form but what there is looks rock-solid, as she romped 15 lengths clear of her field on debut at Clonmel in early January and several of those behind her have run with credit since.

If 7-4 is not your kind of price in a 20-runner race, Gordon Elliott’s Party Central may appeal as an alternative, having won three of her four starts over hurdles including a cosy win in a strong handicap at Leopardstown in February, but she is more exposed than the favourite and unlikely to find as much improvement.

A better each-way alternative may be Dinoblue’s stable companion Grangee, who fell two out in a Grade Three at Fairyhouse in January but had previously run really well against geldings in a Grade One at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting. She was just over three lengths behind Three Stripe Life, the runner-up in yesterday’s Ballymore, and has an obvious chance to reach the frame at least at around 9-1. Dinoblue has to be the one for the win, though.








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4.10 Plate Handicap Chase result

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4.10 Plate Handicap Chase preview

The first three names in the betting are all trained in British yards. The Glancing Queen, whose form over fences this year is 1-1-2, heads the list and her 10-length second behind L’Homme Presse, the winner of the Grade One Brown Advisory Novice Chase yesterday, on New Year’s Day suggests that an opening mark of 141 could be very much on the generous side. She faces some stiff opposition, however, not least from my pick Imperial Alcazar, a ready winner at the Trials meeting here in late January and, like the favourite, still unexposed after just three runs over fences.

Celebre D’Allen, meanwhile, has run just once over British fences, winning cosily at Warwick last month, but has a fair bit of experience in French chases earlier in his career which could stand him in good stead. Ireland’s challenge is led by Gordon Elliott’s novice Grand Paradis, with Cavalry Master a late non-runner.

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3.30 Stayers’ Hurdle result

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