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Punchestown preview

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 13:41 | Comments

The first race at Punchestown goes to post at 1.05pm
The first race at Punchestown goes to post at 1.05pm

Pat Fahy introduces Grade One-winning novice hurdler Morning Assembly to fences in what looks a hot contest for the Ballymore Christmas Fair & Family Fun November Festival Beginners Chase at Punchestown.

The six-year-old was always considered to be a future chaser but paid his way handsomely over the smaller obstacles, landing the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at the track in April when last seen.

He comes up against some potentially smart sorts including Our Vinnie, who was brought down in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham last time, and Corbally Ghost, who was backed to give Don Cossack a race at Galway on Monday but unseated.

Henry de Bromhead, who has a leading contender in Clonbanan Lad, gives Too Scoops a chance to atone for a fall on his debut over fences in the Book New Years Eve Panoramic Restaurant Beginners Chase.

The six-year-old won a Listed novice hurdle at the track last December and was sixth in the Galway Hurdle on his return to action this season, before tipping up at the second-last in a beginners event at Gowran.

This looks an ideal opportunity for him, and the trainer also saddles Elegant Statesman, who was third on his fencing debut at Listowel last month and is another who could have a productive season.

The meeting opens with the Follow Us On Facebook & Twitter Maiden Hurdle (1.05), in which Willie Mullins introduces French recruit Lucky Bridle in the Graham Wylie colours.

He takes on Sligo bumper winner Polish Partisan.

Dessie Hughes's Naas bumper winner Thunder And Roses was three times placed over obstacles last season and gets another chance in the 10 Euros Admission To All Non Festival Meetings Maiden Hurdle.

Mrs Mac Veale seeks to follow up a Limerick success in the 49 Euros Panoramic Restaurant Package Handicap Hurdle off a 5lb higher rating, while Whosaidso is one of three last-time winners in the Punchestown Annual Membership 2014 Handicap Chase.

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