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Blackstairmountain has his final start befoe heading to Japan in the Ballsbridge Hurdle at Leopardstown

Updated: Saturday, 02 Mar 2013 14:35 | Comments

Blackstairmountain will head to Japan for the Nakayama Grand Jump
Blackstairmountain will head to Japan for the Nakayama Grand Jump

Blackstairmountain has his final start befoe heading to Japan in the Ballsbridge Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old is being aimed at the Nakayama Grand Jump in April and, following his victory at Cork in January, he is likely to be a warm order to head to the Far East on the back of a victory.

High-class chaser Noble Prince is an interesting contender as he drops in class for his return to hurdles, while Forpadydeplasterer continues his Grand National preparations in the 14-runner contest.

The feature event of the afternoon is the Carrickmines Handicap Chase, in which Kakagh bids to give Bill Harney back-to-back wins in the race.

The County Tipperary handler landed the valuable prize 12 months ago with Leanne and his representative this year arrives on the back of a good second over 3m at Thurles.

Arthur Moore, who has won the race twice in the last five years, has strong claims again courtesy of the in-form Fever Pitch, while Tony Martin's King Of The Refs has been knocking on the door and looks potentially well treated as he drops 2lb for this assignment.

Action gets under way at 2.10 with the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Hurdle and Grey Monk bids to make it third time lucky under NH rules in the opener, while a fascinating bumper closes the card.

The Killiney (Pro/Am) Flat Race features two Aidan O'Brien runners, Egyptian Warrior and Shield, while Grecian TIger attempts to defy a penalty following his Naas debut success.

Dylan Ross found the step up to Grade One company too much at Christmas but should be more at home in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Chase.

However, the progressive Rupert Lamb, who scored over this course and distance last time out, and Cootamundra, who has been highly tried, will certainly be no pushovers.

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