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Updated: Saturday, 05 Apr 2014 14:45 | Comments

Paul Townend will ride Adriana Des Mottes for Willie Mullins
Paul Townend will ride Adriana Des Mottes for Willie Mullins

There are numerous highlights on a cracking card at Fairyhouse, and Grade One honours will be bestowed upon the winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final.

Willie Mullins has four of the nine runners, including Florishwells D'Ete, who won a maiden hurdle at Gowran, and Adriana Des Mottes, second in a Grade Two at this track before being brought down early on in the Triumph at Cheltenham.

Gordon Elliott will be out to deny Mullins with Layla Joan, who was on a winning run until unshipping at Doncaster, while Gambling Girl has strong claims if back to her best.

The meeting gets under way at 2.10 with the Grade Two Normans Grove Chase, in which Foildubh will bid to repeat his victory of 12 months ago.

The return to a right-handed track could see Arvika Ligeonniere hit form again, as he is unbeaten since 2010 going this way around, so could be forgiven his poor effort at Cheltenham last time.

The first of two Grade Two novice hurdles, the Coolmore NH Sires Fame And Glory And Sans Frontieres Novice Hurdle, sees Apache Stronghold return from an absence since November.

The six-year-old had a setback after winning his second on the bounce at Navan, and if he's in need of this outing, he could find Le Vent D'Antan and Renneti too strong.

The improving Empire Of Dirt takes a step up in class after scoring in Listed company last time, but Mullins may have too much ammunition for him in the Rathbarry And Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle with the classy Wicklow Brave and Valseur Lido.

Nearest The Pin and Treat Yourself are just two of those with claims in the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley Novice Handicap Chase, while Please Talk looks the pick of JP McManus's trio in the Boylesports Handicap Chase.

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