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Ashjar aims to make a splash at Tramore

Updated: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 17:13 | Comments

Willie Mullins has high hopes for Ashjar at Tramore
Willie Mullins has high hopes for Ashjar at Tramore

The second day of Tramore's August Festival features the Waterford And Tramore Racecourse Directors Rated Novice Hurdle, which sees Ashjar bid to build on a recent success over course and distance.

Willie Mullins' charge has won on the Flat since, too, but he was well beaten on the level only five days ago and if he's off his game again here, then Gordon Elliott's Moss Street and Ballinrobe second War Of The Pennys are likely to be snapping at his heels.

The meeting kicks off at 5.15 with the BBQ Evening At Tramore Races Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Indian Fairy is likely to be popular after filling the runner-up spot at Down Royal last time, while The Bishop's Day has some solid form to her name, but she has been off the track for over two years.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning connections combine with Vaxalco in the EY Beginners Chase, as Davy Russell gets the leg-up on the Jim Culloty-trained, Ronan Lambe-owned grey, who was a fair fourth at Galway last month.

He would not have to be as good as his stablemate Lord Windermere to land this, but he'll need to be at his best to repel Darwins Theory and Behemoth.

Eoin Doyle has won the last two runnings of the Flynn Hotel Group Handicap Hurdle and has Roman Numeral representing his Mooncoin yard this year.

A fair effort at Galway could have put him in prime condition for this test, though Limerick second Line View and Henry De Bromhead's duo of No Cash Flow and Galway winner Beckwith Star form very strong opposition.

Doyle also goes for victory with Ni Sin E Mo Ainm in the Have Your Wedding At The Strand Inn Dunmore East Handicap, while the Waterford And Tramore Racecourse Handicap Chase could be between All Fired Up and Fast Exit.

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