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Ken Budds excited by Kates Benefit chances at Fairyhouse on Sunday

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 13:42 | Comments

Kates Benefit will take on Arvika Ligeonniere, Days Hotel, Foildubh and Savello Savello as part of the line-up for an intriguing Normans Grove Chase
Kates Benefit will take on Arvika Ligeonniere, Days Hotel, Foildubh and Savello Savello as part of the line-up for an intriguing Normans Grove Chase

Ken Budds is looking forward to seeing his star mare Kates Benefit take her chance in the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

With just a handful of horses in training, the Waterford-based handler does not have too many runners in the better races, but Kates Benefit earned a tilt at the Grade Two with a comfortable triumph at Gowran Park recently.

Budds said: "I would have been very disappointed if she hadn't won the last day. She was a lot better than the other mares in that race and did it easy.

"She had a good run in Cork earlier in the season and I'd say two miles or two and a quarter miles is probably as far as she wants to go.

"She's been running in heavy ground for most of the season, but it was yielding when she finished second in Cork, so that sort of ground is fine for her.

"She'll run in the Normans Grove and we'll see where we stand, taking on the boys.

"Hopefully things might just fall our way, she could run into a place and pick up a bit more black type.

"The owners are big into the breeding, but this mare will stay in training next year, which is great, as I'd be lost without her.

"I have 13 horses in the yard, including a few point-to-point horses.

"We've had a good few point-to-point winners, but most of them get sold on.

"I'd love to keep them all, but that's just how it is and we make the best of it."

Kates Benefit will face a maximum of eight rivals, with Willie Mullins having entered Arvika Ligeonniere, Turban and Twinlight.

Days Hotel, Foildubh, the Cheltenham Festival-winning Savello and the Gordon Elliott-trained duo of Toostrong and Toner D'Oudairies could also run.

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