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Updated: Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 20:23 | Comments

Irish action in 2014 kicks off with a seven-race card at Fairyhouse
Irish action in 2014 kicks off with a seven-race card at Fairyhouse

Hop In attempts to begin 2014 in the much the same way that he signed off 2013 in the Start The New Year At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle on Wednesday.

Arthur Moore's six-year-old doesn't have many miles on the clock and improved to break a sequence of second places at Navan recently.

A 4lb rise for that success isn't exactly harsh, although he will need to raise his game again to see off Bendanella and the dropped-in-class Sin Miedo.

Moore's Talbot Road made a bright start to his chasing career at Punchestown but must build on it if Ratoath Community Beginners Chase rival Folsom Blue produces anything like his timber form.

Lieutenant Colonel had the unenviable task of following home the exciting Vautour on his jumping debut and Dessie Hughes' bumper winner doesn't appear to meet anything of that calibre in the New Year Maiden Hurdle, which gets proceedings under way at 12.10.

Gordon Elliott starts his point-to-point scorer Layla Joan in a Bobbyjo Bistro Mares Maiden Hurdle that appears quite winnable, and the County Meath handler will also have high hopes for Jimmy The Hat, whose three average performances over fences means he tackles the Fairyhouse Members Handicap Chase on an 11lb lower mark than his timber figure.

Groody Hill is another who is comparatively well treated and he goes to post for the Special Offers In Bobbyjo Bistro Handicap Hurdle, although he hasn't been seen since the 2012 Irish National and last week's Limerick victor Day Dream Boy is one of a few with an edge in fitness.


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