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Gowran Park preview

Updated: Friday, 07 Mar 2014 14:41 | Comments

Quel Esprit
Quel Esprit

Quel Esprit is not eligible for the Foxhunters at Cheltenham next week and the 2012 Hennessy hero bids to strike at a lower level in the Derek Lyng & Sports Injury Surgery Tetratema Cup Hunters Chase at Gowran Park.

The classy grey is nowhere near the force of old but showed plenty of talent remains when carrying Katie Walsh to a facile success in a point-to-point in January.

He then flopped in the hot race won by Tammys Hill at Leopardstown, but it will be disappointing if he cannot get back on track in this contest.

There is a big pot up for grabs in the Aidan Fogarty & Ashgrove Stables Shamrock Handicap Chase, in which recent Naas scorer The Way We Were spearheads a strong JP McManus assault, although he has ground to make up on his previous Leopardstown conqueror Treat Yourself.

Abbey Lane's fencing career hasn't gone to plan so far - he hit the deck at Limerick before going under at odds-on to Moscow Mannon at Naas - but he was a smart handicapper over the smaller obstacles and tries to make it third-time lucky in the Brian Hogan & Aidan O'Brien Beginners Chase.

His trainer Willie Mullins takes the wraps off Tell Us More in the Brian Cody, Michael Dempsey & Glanbia Point-To-Point Flat Race and the five-year-old has a big reputation to live up to after joining the Gigginstown House Stud ranks for & pound;290,000 on the back of a successful debut between the flags.

The champion trainer gave a couple of Cheltenham entries to Wood Breizh, but he probably won't make the cut and bids for some compensation in the opening Michael Rice And The Kilkenny City & County Vintners Maiden Hurdle at 2.25pm.

Sizing Granite came agonisingly close to breaking his duck here in January and tries to go one better in the Michael Fennelly & Holden Plant Rentals Ltd Maiden Hurdle.

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