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Wexford preview

Updated: Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 16:30 | Comments

Preview for Wexford Monday meeting

Wexford stages a competitive seven-race card with the feature race of the day the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase.

With a decent prize on offer it is no surprise to see the improving Foritsa lining up following impressive wins here and at Thurles, and he might prove capable of better still.

Others with recent form claims are Duers and Hidden Crack, while Your Busy was far from disgraced in a warm event at Leopardstown and ought to prove competitive again.

The Micheal O'Murchadha Memorial Rated Hurdle represents a marked drop in class for Captainofthefleet and he is entitled to run well, but Lughnasa finished strongly when winning at Leopardstown last month and a 5lb rise in the weights does not appear overly harsh.

The action gets under way at 2.30pm with the Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle and French import Ashjar is sure to prove popular with punters having shaped with plenty of promise on his debut on these shores at Punchestown back in December.

He has the scope for considerable improvement, but the form of Street Party's hurdling debut third at Cork reads well and he is another entitled to take a step forward.

Boxer Beat should strip fitter for a recent pipe-opener on the Flat at Dundalk and makes plenty of appeal returning to chasing duty in the McGuinness Lambert Auctioneers Novice Handicap Chase, but he wouldn't want conditions too testing and takes on a rival of some potential in All Day Long.

Willie Mullins takes the wraps off Taylors Storm in the concluding Notnowcato At Knockhouse Stud Mares Flat Race, and it will be interesting to see what the market makes of his chances ahead of his debut.

At Down Royal, Toner D'Oudairies heads a field of six for the Daily Mirror Chase and Gordon's Elliott's charge has been in such good form this winter that he is fancied to see off fellow Gigginstown House Stud representative Bog Warrior.

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