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Updated: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 21:01 | Comments

Love Rory bids to go one better than in the Killarney National
Love Rory bids to go one better than in the Killarney National

The inaugural running of the McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase provides the highlight on day two of the Ballinrobe meeting, and sees Love Rory bid to go one better than in the Killarney National.

Enda Bolger's charge found only Your Busy too strong on that occasion and gets another chance over the same trip, while Sammy Black, Caoimhe's Delight and Harpsy Cord also finished second on their respective last starts and are out to go one better too.

Bolger also runs the JP McManus-owned Whatareudoingtome in the opening McHale Fusion 3 Hurdle at 6pm, but McManus is likely to have a stronger chance in that race with Plinth.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old was a fine second in Grade One company at Punchestown and takes a step down the ladder for this, where only Ningbo Express has managed to make the frame in a previous start.

O'Brien also saddles King Leon in the McHale Fusion Vario Maiden Hurdle, and he reverts to timber after taking third in a Roscommon bumper.

Willie Mullins has Most Peculiar in opposition, while Zuccotti Park was a fair third at Killarney last time.

Mullins gives Abbey Lane another try over fences as he bids to make it fifth-time lucky over the larger obstacles in the McHale Bale Wrappers Beginners Chase.

Vive La France was not without his supporters on his debut in Ireland for Tony Martin at Punchestown, and though he faded badly close home, he may find the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle more to his liking.

He comes up against a couple of bang-in-form rivals, though, as Baresi bolted up at Limerick recently, while Band Of Blood was an impressive winner at Cork.

There is not a lot of sparkling recent form to go on in the McHale F5500 Baler Handicap Hurdle, though handicap debutant Abu Nayef could go well off his opening mark of 102 for Gordon Elliott.

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