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Updated: Sunday, 08 Jan 2012 16:53

Dedigout - The progressive hurdler attempts to maintain his unbeaten record in the Grade 2 Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas
Dedigout - The progressive hurdler attempts to maintain his unbeaten record in the Grade 2 Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas

Dedigout attempts to extend his unbeaten record over timber to three in the Grade Two Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas.

Tony Martin's smart prospect comprehensively beat the reopposing Mart Lane at Navan but will have his Festival credentials tested by the Noel Meade-trained Monksland, as well as Peter Fahey's Owega Star, who was done for speed in the 'For Auction' Novice Hurdle and will appreciate this extra half-mile.

Lambro skipped a couple of potential engagements at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting to wait for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.

Willie Mullins' charge easily accounted for subsequent Drinmore runner-up Shinrock Paddy on his fencing debut, although the drop back to two miles will be better for Flemenstar, whom he had back in fourth when landing a Grade Two prize over the smaller obstacles at the Irish National fixture.

Lambro's stable companion Hats And Heels was good enough to make the frame in a Listed bumper at Navan and now takes on the boys for her jumping bow in the Annual Membership At Naas Maiden Hurdle, in which Beef To The Heels has the edge in experience, having progressed with three outings this season.

Neither Hisaabaat nor Sportsmaster got very far in the race won by Chill at Leopardstown but both were decent on the level and try again in the opening Racing Again On 21st January Maiden Hurdle (12.40).

Gentleman Duke also brings fair Flat form to the table and is an interesting recruit for Arthur Moore.

Luke's Benefit capitalised on a lenient rating when switched back to fences at Punchestown on New Year's Eve and, despite a 12lb rise, is still comparatively well treated for the Tipper Road Handicap Chase.

Last year's winner William Wordsworth tops the list for the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle while, on paper, Un Atout and Silver Concorde are the most eyecatching of those set to go to post for the Go Racing In Kildare (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race.

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