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Preview: Sunday's mixed card at Tipperary

Updated: Saturday, 06 Oct 2012 13:36

Rebel Fitz looks for another success over timber
Rebel Fitz looks for another success over timber

A high-class mixed card is in store at Tipperary, where the highlight of the jumps action is the Grade Two Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle.

All eyes will be on Thousand Stars as the versatile eight-year-old drops back in trip after picking up a couple of valuable contests at Auteuil, including the French Champion Hurdle.

Rebel Fitz made giant strides during the summer and is bidding for a hurdles four-timer, so he could pose a real threat to the Willie Mullins-trained gelding with further progress possible.

Mullins also has strong claims in the Grade Three Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle courtesy of Passage Vendome.

On the back of a career-best victory at Bellewstown, the improving six-year-old can serve it up to likely favourite Whatever Jacksays, who ran out an easy winner of a Listowel novice hurdle last month but flopped on the level a week ago.

The www.thetote.com Like A Butterfly Novice Chase also carries Grade Three status and is a more open-looking affair.

Having justified the odds with minimal fuss in a Killarney beginners chase last time out, Jacksonslady will have plenty of supporters, but the in-form pair of Pride Of The Artic and Fair Dilemma won't go down without a fight.

Whodoyouthink was clear when falling five out in a valuable handicap at Listowel last time and is worthy of another chance.

Lady Wingshot and Yellow Rosebud renew their rivalry in the Group Three Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes, the pick of the Flat races.

The score stands at two-nil to Jim Bolger's charge after the pair finished one-two in Listed and Group Three contests in August, but she performed below par on both starts last month and connections of Yellow Rosebud will be hopeful of turning the tables.

The eight-race programme gets under way at 2.00 with the Athassel House Stud EBF Maiden, in which the improving Military Device bids to get off the mark at the fourth attempt.

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