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Leopardstown preview

Updated: Saturday, 01 Mar 2014 13:31 | Comments

Thousand Stars runs in the Ballsbridge Hurdle
Thousand Stars runs in the Ballsbridge Hurdle

The Carrickmines Handicap Chase is the feature race on a seven-race card at Leopardstown on Sunday afternoon.

The vastly improved Double Seven returns to action chasing an impressive six-timer and he still looked to be on the upgrade when comfortably landing a Listed chase at Wexford on his latest start back in October.

The lack of a recent run is a slight concern and He'llberemembered and Daring Article, first and second in a fiercely competitive course and distance event last time, head a list of dangers that also includes Home Farm and Last Time D'Albain.

On a good quality card, the star turn is Thousand Stars as he bids to return to winning ways in the Ballsbridge Hurdle having last been seen struggling in Grade 1 company over the festive period.

This represents a marked drop in grade for the high-class grey, having continually plied his tried in top level company over the past few years and he should prove hard to beat.

"This looks a nice race to start him back in and I would imagine he'll be delighted not to see Hurricane Fly!" said trainer Willie Mullins.

"Things have not gone right for him so far this season, but he is well suited by the conditions of this race and we're looking forward to getting him back."

Racing gets underway at 2.20 with the Leopardstown Club Summer Membership Maiden Hurdle and all eyes will be on French import Shamsikhan, not seen since finishing second to the classy Minella Foru on his Irish debut at Listowel in September.

That form looks strong and Willie Mullins could have another smart prospect on his hands.

Moscow Mannon is another with a bright future judging by his mightily impressive first chase success at Naas last month and his pinpoint jumping should see him to good effect in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Novice Chase.

He looks an exciting addition to this code and is fancied to see off the more experienced pair of Darwins Fox and Mallowney.

Aminabad was doing his best work at the finish when making a winning debut here just over a month ago and he could have a big say in the Killiney INH Flat Race.

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