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2.40 - Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m)
TEAHUPOO is already 3-3 and has won both starts in Ireland nicely. The late fall of Youmdor here in January left some quibbling the form but he was too strong for his rivals in a Grade 3 back here in late February.
His French form also reads well with Good Ball thriving for Paul Nicholls in the UK and he should relish the drying ground to record a third C&D win. Navan maiden winner Coventry is upwardly mobile and can harbour place claims for Paul Nolan.
3.50 - Underwriting Exchange Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m4f)
BEACON EDGE ran a commendable fourth behind Flooring Porter in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham and should be well-suited back in trip here. He got within a length of Honeysuckle in the Hatton's Grace over track and trip in November and has bagged a Grade 2 prize of his own since.
The Bosses Oscar is another dropping trip and he's been most consistent this season so it's not hard to see him in the mix once more.
4.20 - Devenish Chase (Grade 2, 2m4f)
CASTLEGRACE PADDY has run well in both starts at this venue in the past, finishing second in a maiden hurdle over this trip in 2016 and winning at two-miles in a beginners chase the following season.
Most of his runs under rules have been in and around 2m but he's got potential upped in distance. He was rather caught out by a race-winning move from Any Second Now at Navan last time, coming home in second and could gain compensation now.
The mare Shattered Love hit the podium at Cheltenham last month and could have fine prospects over this track and trip should she turn up.
5.00 - BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase (3m5f)
The big race of the meeting and a really bold call from Paul Nolan to send the novice Latest Exhibition into battle. He's certainly got the talent to go close and will be relieved not to have mighty Monkfish on his plate now. He'll need his share of luck in the run and so the price looks short enough. Similarly, Sempo has contracted right down following positive vibes from the Joseph O'Brien yard but he doesn't make significant appeal at around 8/1.
BRAHMA BULL could hand Willie Mullins back-to-back wins in this after Burrows Saint scored in the same colours in 2019. He followed home Minella Indo on his reappearance and needs to be forgiven a poor show in the Thyestes last time, but prior to that his form was commendable and he's a decent price if he gets the trip.
Espanito Bello is another lively contender at a generous price. Barry Connell would cap some first year as a trainer should his charge bag Ireland's richest chase. He was no match for Latest Exhibition in October but gets weight from him now and was second in a Grade 2 at Navan in February behind Thyestes winner Coko Beach. Conditions still appear just soft enough for him to go well and connections are bullish he'll do just that.
2.20 - Download the BoyleSports App Mares Chase (Listed, 2m5f)
A really fine race on Saturday's card here as ELIMAY bids to go one better than her Cheltenham Festival near miss. The form of her second to Allaho at Thurles in January now looks very well and she lost very little caste in defeat when ½-length second to stablemate Colreevy in the Cotswolds 15 days ago. She was the one under a bit of pressure turning for home, but she really battled for everything. This is her fourth run of 2021 but, on form, she's got excellent claims of a second win in that sequence.
It won't be straightforward though, as Mount Ida justified strong market support in the Kim Muir under a majestic ride from Jack Kennedy in Cheltenham. She came close to being pulled up early doors in that race before coming home ever so strongly. Her Thurles second to Colreevy in January leaves her with something to find against Elimay dropped in trip.
2.55 - McCauley Pharmacy Ladies National Handicap Chase (3m½f)
SUPER CITIZEN hasn't got a lot of miles on the clock and he can be a major player for the O'Sullivans here having opened his account at Leopardstown (2m5½f, good to yielding) last month. That run confirmed the notion he's a better performer on decent ground and he's unexposed at this longer trip, so a 5lb rise looks fair.
Kavanaghs Corner unseated Rachael Blackmore at Navan last month in a veterans' handicap chase but, in his defence, he was impeded quite badly and that was a contributing factor. All four runs this season prior to that can be taken as positives, including a 2m5f soft-ground win here in November under today's rider and they've got a fine chance again.
3.30 - I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B, 3m)
All the big yards are well represented here and the likes of Fighter Allen (Willie Mullins), Folcano (Denise Foster), Barbury Master (Noel Meade) and Fun Light (Joseph O'Brien) are likely players in an open event.
Sneaky Getaway wasn't at his best in the Coral Cup last time but could bounce back for Emmet Mullins here, but preference goes to CAPODANNO for his uncle. The French import won a maiden at Clonmel (2m, heavy) in January and could be capable of much better than he showed at Thurles (2m4f, heavy) in a novice contest the following month. An opening mark of 131 is within reach for Mark Walsh's mount.
4.05 - Rybo Handicap Hurdle (Grade A, 2m)
Mighty Tom attempted to make all over further at Down Royal on St Patrick's Day and was only collared late on, finishing second. He needs to be on the shortlist again for Tom and Bryan Cooper.
So, too, the claims of Eclair De Beaufeu are standout after a close-up fourth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last time. He's rated 1lb lower back here and also has the sizeable advantage of talented Jordan Gainford taking 7lb off his back. No shock if he bags this. At the likely prices however, LIGNOU is given a chance for Noel Meade. He was fancied at Punchestown in November but once again failed to fire on testing ground. He's a better proposition on this drying surface and could pocket a decent prize somewhere this spring.
2.50 - Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Novice Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m)
Thedevilscoachman is 4-5 under rules and won a Listed novice contest on soft ground at Punchestown in February. Noel Meade's charge is a leading player stepped up in grade, while Mister McShee has won two-from-four over sticks, his defeats coming in races won by Supreme Novices' scorer Appreciate It (including second to him at Cork in November). They are both strong form contenders.
M C MULDOON was a smart Flat performer in England back in 2018 and he opened his account over hurdles at the second time of asking when scoring over C&D in February. The better ground now should draw more from him and he's perhaps worth chancing for the champion trainer.
3.20 - Irish Stallion Farms Ebf Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final (Grade 1, 2m4f)
Willie Mullins has quite the hand to play here with Glens Of Antrim, Gauloise, Roseys Hollow and Hook Up all representing him. None had the answer for Telmesomethinggirl in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham - a race in which Shark Hanlon's Skyace finished best of those competing here. No surprise should one or more of the Closutton quartet improve for this.
ATLANTIC FAIRY took the step up into Listed company at Navan last time well, making it two wins in four over timber. She's got the scope for better on this drying ground and could plunder the prize for Rachel Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead in that instance. Rhythm Divine is more exposed than some but won well over C&D in February.
3.50 - Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m4f)
Grand Paradis won a Grade 3 around Thurles on heavy ground in February in stylish fashion and has plenty of scope for better. The Denise Foster inmate is a key player here alongside GENTLEMANSGAME for Mouse Morris - the latter having chased home impressive Dublin Racing Festival scorer Gaillard Du Mesnil last time out - his only defeat in three hurdles starts. He may provide the answer.
Gabynako and Egality Mans are possible players and Ashdale Bob probably has better prospects than his outsider tag indicates despite conceding weight to the field by virtue of his Navan success in this grade earlier in the season.
5.00 - Underwriting Exchange Gold Cup Novice Chase (Grade 1, 2m4f)
Big names Energumene and Latest Exhibition (goes instead for the National on Monday) were not declared on Friday morning for this race and it means a very open look to the nine-runner field. Asterion Forlonge has started to cast aside the fears over his jumping and his Marsh Novices' Chase third at Cheltenham earns him maximum respect.
ANDY DUFRESNE lost his unbeaten record over fences when third behind Monkfish at the Dublin Racing Festival over slightly further. He was ahead of the aforementioned Asterion Forlonge and may confirm that superiority now. Cedarwood Road is taking a jump up in grade but cannot be discounted.