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Updated: Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 14:38 | Comments

David Fenton
David Fenton

Avondhu Lady attempts to make the most of a comparatively lenient timber figure in the Carrick-On-Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle at Clonmel on Thursday.
 

Avondhu Lady attempts to make the most of a comparatively lenient timber figure in the Carrick-On-Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle at Clonmel on Thursday.

The David Fenton-trained nine-year-old is a multiple placegetter at Grade Three level over fences and struck in that discipline at Naas on her most recent appearance.

She is rated 20lb lower over timber so it will be disappointing if she can't defy the welter burden of 11st 12lb, although Lead Kindly Light is similarly well treated over the smaller obstacles, while the Henry de Bromhead-trained Wild Blueberry is interesting on her first venture outside of maiden company.

The biggest prize on the card goes to the winner of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, in which Hidden Crack strives to repeat last year's victory off 2lb lower.

He has appeared out of sorts, though, so the JP McManus-owned Golden Ticket is likely to be more popular on the back of a commendable second at Leopardstown.

McManus seems primed for yet another profitable Cheltenham Festival next week and he should also have high hopes for Time Please in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

Edward O'Grady's charge hasn't been seen since last summer, but his hurdles rating of 109 means he just sneaks in under the conditions of this contest, and he is expected to make up into a better chaser.

Lord Scoundrel keeps hitting the crossbar and his time to shine may have finally come in the Ardfinnan INH Flat Race, although the Willie Mullins-trained Vedettariat will get the hang of things sooner rather than later.

The champion trainer may have a better chance of victory with Bless N'Ject, who takes in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle (2.35pm) and is better than he showed at Punchestown last time.

Bonzo Bing has kept good company in his brief career to date and will be high on most shortlists for the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle.

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