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Updated: Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 17:25 | Comments

Leavethelighton is fancied at Down Royal
Leavethelighton is fancied at Down Royal

Leavethelighton has bumped into a smart prospects on his most recent appearances and attempts to finally break through in the Sean Graham Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle at Down Royal.

Eoin Doyle's seven-year-old got closest to subsequent Thyestes runner-up Los Amigos just before Christmas and then found the Noel Meade-trained Wounded Warrior too strong at Navan.

He was clear of the remainder, however, and it will be disappointing if he doesn't break his duck sooner rather than later, with Meade again providing a possible stumbling block, this time in the shape of Couleur France.

The Castletown handler is also responsible for Corkseagh Royale, who isn't the force he once was but showed some sparkle either side of the turn of the year, and he heads the weights for the Bet With The Tote Handicap Hurdle.

Reality Dose struck at Naas last month and tries to defy a 7lb rise in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, which is the most valuable race on the card, and there is no reason why he shouldn't confirm his superiority over the third home El Mondo.

The action gets under way at 1.15 with the St. Patrick's Punter Pack Handicap Chase, in which Gordon Elliott's Hold Em Cowboy makes a swift return to action after managing only third when favourite for a handicap at Fairyhouse last Saturday.

He has over 20 lengths to find with the winner Witness Of Fashion, though, and reopposes on just 4lb better terms.

All Day Long is another attempting to make up for letting down favourite-backers last time and goes in the N.I. Hotels Federation Beginners Chase, but French import Katnap showed significant progress between his first couple of starts on these shores and is a major danger.

Roman General got closest to the ultra-progressive Sea Light at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting and has his sights lowered for the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Novice Handicap Hurdle.

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