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Updated: Friday, 21 Mar 2014 15:04 | Comments

Willie Mullins' Vicky De L'Oasis heads to Gowran
Willie Mullins' Vicky De L'Oasis heads to Gowran

Vicky De L'Oasis has her sights lowered for the 29 Gold Packages For Racing Rated Novice Hurdle at Gowran Park (4.00).

Willie Mullins' mare concedes weight all round, but she has lost nothing in defeat in Graded company the last two outings and the form of her most recent second to Real Steel in a Naas Grade Two. 

With the Curragh back on Sunday, the champion trainer's Flat counterpart Aidan O'Brien will be focusing his attention on his Classic hopefuls, but the Ballydoyle maestro has found time to prepare Noah Webster for a tilt at the www.gowranpark.ie Handicap Hurdle (3.25), in which he must cross swords with last-start winners Leavethelighton, Let's Celebrate and Claire Pet.

O'Brien is also responsible for Shield, who attempts to end a frustrating sequence of second-placings in the opening Gowran Centenary Year Maiden Hurdle (2.20).

It's All An Act's winning spree was brought to an end when he took in the Listed bumper won by Red Sherlock at Cheltenham, but Shark Hanlon has freshened him up since and he now goes jumping in the 19 Silver Packages For Racing Maiden Hurdle (2.50).

Kates Benefit was third to Trifolium before finishing second in a Grade Three and fourth in a Grade Two, so it will be a surprise if she doesn't break through in the Centenary Weekend Celebrations June 21st & 22nd Mares Beginners Chase (4.35).

Carry Each Other has been consistent without winning this year and may have to settle for minor honours again in the Holiday In Kilkenny Handicap Chase (5.10) because stablemate Baily Dusk was fancied for a race at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival when last seen and there will be plenty who keep the faith.

Sub Lieutenant made a pleasing return at Naas and could prove too strong for Fine Article and Killer Miller in the Join Us On April 5th (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (5.45).

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