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Shrapnel looking for another win at Galway on Sunday

Updated: Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 14:10 | Comments

Racing gets under way at 1.25pm in Galway
Racing gets under way at 1.25pm in Galway

The well-related Shrapnel looks to make it two from two over fences in the Faber Audiovisuals Ballybrit Novice Chase at Galway on Sunday.

The son of Flemensfirth has plenty to live up to as a half-brother to dual Cheltenham Festival winner Weapon's Amnesty, but some of his early results in bumpers and hurdle races were disappointing.

However, he raised his game once switched from Charles Byrnes to trainer Gordon Elliott last season, winning over hurdles at Galway, Fairyhouse and Downpatrick.

The seven-year-old looked the part when jumping well on his recent chasing debut at Fairyhouse and now faces five opponents at Grade Three level.

Elliott said: "He had a nice start in Fairyhouse and I think he's come on for that.

"The ground will be softer on Sunday but I think he'll be all right on it and hopefully he'll run well.

"He's won four races for us so far, so we can't complain."

Foxrock is an interesting contender for trainer Ted Walsh and owner Barry Connell.

The point-to-point graduate was well thought of last season and opened his hurdling account at the fourth attempt at Naas in March.

Jockey Danny Mullins said: "He's having his first run over fences in a Grade Three, so it's a tough ask for him.

"It's a big step up in class, but he always looked a chaser last year and I schooled him over fences the other day and he jumps well."

Val O'Brien is hopeful Clar Na Mionn can make his presence felt, having made a winning chase debut at Roscommon before finishing third behind high-class novice Rebel Fitz at Tipperary.

O'Brien said: "He's in good form and the ground should suit him.

"He ran well in Tipperary when the ground was a bit quick, so I hope he has a good chance on Sunday."

Noel Meade's Six Stone Ned, the Edward Hales-trained Ted Dolly and Dot Love's talented mare Shadow Eile complete the line-up.

The meeting gets under way at 1.25pm with the Corrib Oil Maiden Hurdle, which sees two bumper winners lock horns on their hurdling debuts.

Blow The Doors Off was a good winner at Sligo, but Very Wood was more impressive in scoring at the Punchestown Festival for Elliott and has pleased new handler Noel Meade since joining him.

Meade can also call upon Pat Garrett for strong winning claims when he lines up in the Renvyle House Hotel Handicap Chase.

The CCTV Venue Control Maiden Hurdle sees Aerlite Supreme make his reappearance.

Michael Hourigan's gelding ended his season on a low note after five straight placed efforts, and he will have to be at his best to fend off Blue Bicycle and Sonny B.

The Barna Waste Rated Novice Hurdle looks likely to be a keenly contested affair, with the relatively unexposed Band Of Blood taking on course winner Glenconkeyne and battling Thurles scorer Fantastic Gold.

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