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Downpatrick preview

Updated: Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 15:52 | Comments

Gordon Eliott
Gordon Eliott

Barneys Honour makes a quick return to racecourse action in the Bet With The Bookies Handicap Chase at Downpatrick.

Gordon Elliott's nine-year-old won with his head in his chest when reverting to the larger obstacles at Navan on Saturday and shouldn't have any problems coping with his 6lb penalty if in the same sort of form.

His stable companion Shattered Dream fared less well when he was the subject of market support at Fairyhouse last week, but tries again in the New Season New Look Novice Handicap Hurdle.

Ma Belle Amie also let favourite-backers down at the same meeting, but there will be plenty who keep the faith with her for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.

She gets a handy weight concession from the consistent Queen Of The Hill and may have more to fear from Sitcom, who showed promise in a couple of bumpers last year.

Willie Mullins will already have one eye on next week's Cheltenham Festival meeting, and the champion trainer sends just the one runner north here.

His Bally Longford attempted to make every post a winning one at Leopardstown over Christmas, only to fade into fourth, and should find the Ballyalton INH Flat Race a more suitable assignment, with Benemeade and Sizing Solution heading the opposition.

Battlemount hit the crossbar at Clonmel recently and tries to go one better in a Square One Bar, Dromara Handicap Hurdle that has also attracted course and distance winners Daytime Dreamer, Pink Goddess and Danikhali.

The action gets under way with the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle at 2.15 and Faanan Aldaar will be tough to beat in receipt of all the allowances, while Ibetellingyoualie was an impressive winner on his first start under Rules at Clonmel and now takes in the Shabra Charity Foundation Hunters Chase.

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