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Updated: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 19:04 | Comments

Prince De Beauchene is a best-price 10-1 for the Grand National
Prince De Beauchene is a best-price 10-1 for the Grand National

Grand National clues are traditionally on offer in the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase and Prince De Beauchene attempts to land the Fairyhouse Grade Two for the second year running on Saturday.

Injury forced Willie Mullins' ace out of Aintree at the 11th hour last season, but he proved all the ability remains with victory over hurdles at Limerick in December.

Chief rival Seabass was third in the Liverpool showpiece and is bang on course for a return after an excellent comeback here, while Kinloch Brae one-two Quito De La Roque and Roi Du Mee, 2011 National runner-up Oscar Time, Bob Lingo and Rare Bob all hold Aintree entries as well.

The meeting gets underway at 1.00 with another Grade Two contest, the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle, and Dogora bids to extend his unbeaten run over timber to three.

Mullins' grey had to fight to see off Dalasiri at Gowran Park most recently and meets another classy opponent in the shape of Stocktons Wing, but should be able to force his way on to the champion trainer's Cheltenham team.

Mullins has left Glens Melody in the Neptune at the Festival, and the Listed winner leads a twin-pronged assault on the ITBA Fillies Scheme Novice Hurdle for her handler.

Our Girl Salley hasn't really taken to fences and reverts to the smaller obstacles for a competitive attheraces.com Exclusive Barry Geraghty Blog Handicap Hurdle, which also includes last-start Leopardstown winner Prince Rudi and 2010 Albert Bartlett hero Berties Dream.

Tammys Hill features prominently in the Foxhunter market and takes on Ted Walsh's prolific point-to-pointer Battlefront in the John McCarthy Memorial Hunters Chase.

Wicklow Gold couldn't cope with the well-regarded Agent James at Navan but should be able to go one better sooner rather than later, and he takes in the Ian Smith Memorial (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

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