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Knockanarrigan to feature at Kilbeggan

Updated: Thursday, 02 May 2013 15:21 | Comments

Knockanarrigan to feature at Kilbeggan

Knockanarrigan fought hard to prevail at Market Rasen last weekend and Shark Hanlon turns him out again quickly for the Grevile Arms Hotel Handicap Hurdle at Kilbeggan on Friday.

The five-year-old was backed into joint-favouritism on Saturday, but made his supporters sweat, only getting his head in front in the dying strides.

He returns off the same mark so should go close, although Willies Girl is well treated compared to her chasing figure and can make her presence felt if her Punchestown spill has left no lasting scars.

The action gets under way at 5.15, with Seskinane attempting to better his Fairyhouse second in the Follow Kilbeggan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.

Mark McNiff's charge has most to fear from Father Jack, who improved for the step up to two and a half miles when fourth at Clonmel.

Father Jack's trainer Dessie Hughes is also responsible for Erritt Lake, who tops the weights for the Sean Hughes Memorial Mullingar Park Hotel Handicap Chase, but he fell at Fairyhouse and safer options are Take A Shot and Tramore runner-up Count Salazar.

Dancing Roe made an encouraging start to his career at the Irish National fixture and natural progression would make him the one to beat in the Kilbeggan Maiden Hurdle.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has to hope his Alelchi Inois makes it off the reserves' bench, but his newcomer Grangeclare Pearl is guaranteed a run in the Loughnagore Flat Race, in which she comes up against Noel Meade's Thomond.

Pur Style struck at Listed level in France and even though she hasn't lived up to expectations since arriving at Edward O'Grady's stable, she is still one for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase shortlist.

There isn't a great deal of recent winning form to go on in the Moate Handicap Hurdle so perhaps Charlie Swan's handicap newcomer Foot Soldier is worth a second look.

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