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Updated: Thursday, 04 Oct 2012 15:59 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien looks to have a very strong challenger in Hall Of Mirrors for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery
Aidan O'Brien looks to have a very strong challenger in Hall Of Mirrors for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery provides the richest race on Gowran Park's bumper eight-race card and gets proceedings under way at 2.15.

Cest Notre Gris is the only horse with winning form in the contest, having scored at both Galway and Listowel, but Aidan O'Brien looks to have a very strong challenger in Hall Of Mirrors.

Second to the smart Galileo Rock three starts ago, the juvenile has since missed out by half a length on both his subsequent starts and should surely be winning soon.

O'Brien also runs Exact in the Bennettsbridge Maiden, who steps up in trip after filling second spot at Listowel.

Jack Daddy has to be considered a threat after his second over a mile and a half at Leopardstown, while On A Jet Plane and Koko Lane will probably be seen back in the National Hunt sphere soon, but are others of note.

The highlight of the jumping action on offer is the Bennettsbridge Hurdle, where Down Royal second Distant Memories heads the field on official ratings.

Michael Hourigan's Whats Happening could be the most interesting runner in the race, however, as he landed a Kilbeggan bumper in good style before striking on his hurdling debut at Listowel.

Hourigan will be hopeful of a victory in the Thomastown Maiden Hurdle with Enchanted Forest, who suffered a narrow defeat at Listowel last time.

He finished ahead of Willie Mullins' Reine Angevine that day but she reopposes on 3lb better terms, while The Flying Doc wasn't the most consistent in bumpers, but her best form would give her a chance here.

Jackemil bids to follow up his recent Listowel win in the first division of the Kilkenny Handicap, while the second division of the race could be between Three Bells, Liberty To Rock and Crystal Wings.

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