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Updated: Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 09:22 | Comments

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh team up with Darroun at the Co Mayo venue
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh team up with Darroun at the Co Mayo venue

Willie Mullins has spotted a perfect opportunity for Darroun to regain the winning thread at Ballinrobe on Tuesday evening.

A smart juvenile a couple of years back, the five-year-old grey has lost his way a bit and has just the one National Hunt success on his CV.

That qualifies him for the McHale Engineering Hurdle, however, and he is a long way clear on official ratings, with recent Wexford maiden winner Top Cat Henry heading the opposition.

Mullins throws two arrows at the Mayo News Maiden Hurdle, with Well Read Man making his first appearance since his debut success at Punchestown in May 2012, and he is joined by stable companion Mr Groocock, who had yet to be asked for an effort when brought down at Wexford last month.

The action commences at 5.25 with the Paddy Smyth Memorial Maiden Hurdle, and 96-rated Flat performer Macbeth is an interesting recruit to jumping for this time of the year.

Xsquared has been mixing hurdling with racing on the level and now takes in a competitive McWilliam Park Hotel Handicap Hurdle.

In it, he crosses swords with recent wide-margin Perth scorer Goal, as well as City Line and Pennys Tune, who have both been holding their form really well of late.

Captain Ocana sprung a surprise over fences at Wexford last month and reverts to timber for the McGrath Quarries 50th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle, with the weights headed by Charlie Swan's Cloone Rocket, who has also been mixing it over the larger obstacles.

Last month's C & D runner-up Lortzing attempts to go one better in the Ballinrobe Golf Club Handicap Hurdle (Div 1), and the same comment applies to Clonleny in the second instalment.

Quinville Castle has picked up minor honours on both visits to the racecourse so far and, as such, sets the standard in the Ballinrobe Racecourse Of The Year INH Flat Race.

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