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Saturday's Punchestown preview

Updated: Friday, 16 May 2014 16:05 | Comments

The meeting gets under way at 2.10pm with the Kildare Hunt Club Supporting Kildare GAA Maiden Hurdle
The meeting gets under way at 2.10pm with the Kildare Hunt Club Supporting Kildare GAA Maiden Hurdle

Mallowney and Art Of Logistics renew rivalry in the most valuable race at Punchestown, the Brady Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Chase.

The former got the better of the argument when the pair met over course and distance last time, but Dessie Hughes's charge is 3lb better off this time around.

Recent Tipperary winner Followmeuptocarlow should make sure this is not a two-horse race, as could Henry De Bromhead's Absolutlyfantastic.

Hughes also has a strong contender in the Musgrave Supervalu Supporting Kildare GAA Maiden Hurdle with Rudolf, who steps up in trip after finishing second at Kilbeggan.

The race does look competitive, though, with Willie Mullins giving Bless N'Ject a go over three miles, while former point winner Festival Opera should relish the trip.

The meeting gets under way at 2.10pm with the Kildare Hunt Club Supporting Kildare GAA Maiden Hurdle, where High Stratos will be bidding to supplement his excellent bumper form now tackling obstacles.

Jessie Harrington's charge won two out of four starts in bumpers, but faces a big field here including Cape Glory, deemed good enough by Gordon Elliott to contest a Grade Three on his hurdling bow and third over timber at Down Royal recently.

Harrington's biggest chance could come with Steps To Freedom in the Agnelli Motor Park Jeep Cherokee Supporting Kildare GAA Beginners Chase, which should prove a shade less difficult than the Champion Hurdle he contested at the Festival here.

Sizing Granite represents De Bromhead and is likely to make this a test, while Sizing India is another likely to be in the mix.

Recent winners Knockanarrigan and Tailors Hill are two with claims in the Laois Hire Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Chase, while Sarah Battle bids to follow up a gutsy Limerick success in the Haven Hire Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Hurdle.

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