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Updated: Monday, 23 Sep 2013 14:04 | Comments

Roger Loughran on board Golden Wonder in Ballybrit
Roger Loughran on board Golden Wonder in Ballybrit

Dessie Hughes landed the Ballinrobe Race Committee Chase 12 months ago with Rivage D'Or, and he bids to repeat the dose with Golden Wonder at the County Mayo track on Tuesday.

Following a maiden hurdle success, the seven-year-old opened his chase account at the first attempt in the mud at Galway last month and that form looks rock-solid following the subsequent victories of the second and third.

He looks a decent staying chaser in the making, but will need to be if he's to get the better of Themoonandsixpencem, a 131-rated Willie Mullins inmate that got within half a length of Grade Three winner Finger Onthe Pulse two starts ago.

Mullins has chosen the opening Ballinrobe Members Club 2014 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle (2.45pm) for Noble Inn to make his NH debut.

After finishing second in a 1m6f Flat handicap in France, the Sinndar gelding cost current connections €31,000 and is expected to give a good account on his debut for the Muine Beag handler.

Mullins also fields fellow hurdling debutant Royal Moll in the Sponsors Day At Ballinrobe Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The six-year-old King's Theatre mare made up for lost time when landing a Sligo bumper on her belated debut last month, showing a good attitude in the process and she won't give up her unbeaten record without a fight now tried over timber.

The most valuable race on the seven-race card is the closing Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, in which Limerick Lane bids to defy top weight.

The JP McManus-owned six-year-old went down by the shortest of margins in a similar event at Galway a fortnight ago and Jody McGarvey retains the ride for this assignment.

The biggest threat could be Shantalla, who struck at Listowel on Saturday and claimer Brian Cawley has been booked as Donal Hassett's representative attempts to defy a 4lb penalty for that success.

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