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Arnaud returns to action at Downpatrick

Updated: Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 13:34 | Comments

Downpatrick will be the scene of Arnaud return to jumps
Downpatrick will be the scene of Arnaud return to jumps

Smart chasing prospect Arnaud returns to action over timber in the Customer Care Christmas Hurdle at Downpatrick.

Charles Byrnes' five-year-old beat class acts Rebel Fitz and Steps To Freedom over the bigger obstacles in the early part of summer, and has been given a break since June.

Conditions of this event would appear to suit him perfectly and if he returns at anywhere near his peak, he should prove too strong for the progressive Seskinane.

Hold Em Cowboy sauntered to victory over hurdles at Navan last weekend and switches to fences for the Downpatrick Handicap Chase off a 12lb lower rating, with Ruby Walsh booked.

His trainer Gordon Elliott is also responsible for Royal Captain in the opening INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at 12.05, and the four-year-old offered promise on his jumping debut at Punchestown but will have to improve from it to contend with Rasco, providing that rival repeats the level of form that carried him into third behind Briar Hill at Wexford.

Kylecrue is another to make the transition from hurdles to fences and the recent Clonmel scorer takes in the Seasons Greetings Beginners Chase.

His timber rating doesn't exactly set the pulse racing, but it means he scrapes in just under the ceiling of the official rating eligible for this contest, so he should take the beating.

Harpor was no match for leading hunter chaser Tammys Hill between the flags most recently, but he had struck in that sphere twice before that and is expected to play a leading role in the Downpatrick Christmas Party Hunters Chase.

Without Wings and Maple Valley Gold were also successful in the point-to-point arena when last seen and now lock horns in the Bet With The Bookies Mares Maiden Hurdle, in which Definite Elegance and Fromdollarstoeuros may provide most resistance.
 

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