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Four contest Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas

Updated: Friday, 08 Nov 2013 16:27 | Comments

Diakali makes his first start on Irish shores since winning the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown in April
Diakali makes his first start on Irish shores since winning the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown in April

Only four runners go to post for the Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas on Saturday, but all of them hold some sort of chance in the Grade Three over two miles.

Many eyes will be drawn to Willie Mullins' Diakali, one of the best juveniles around last season having finished fourth in the Triumph Hurdle.

He bettered that form when winning at the Punchestown Festival and earned plenty of money in two runs in France in the summer.

Diakali firstly chased home stablemate Blood Cotil before winning the Grade One Prix Alain du Breil which was worth more than twice as much as the Punchestown event.

Some way behind Diakali in France was Dalasiri, who was a capable performer last season and had a valid excuse for that disappointing display.

He is in receipt of 7lb at Naas, with trainer Sabrina Harty confident there is more to come.

She said: "We're looking forward to getting him going again as he seems in great form at home.

"He came back bigger and stronger and a bit sharper than last season as well, so we'll let him take his chance this weekend and see how he goes.

"He was lame after his last run in Auteuil as he got bumped during the race and got a cut on the point of his elbow, so you can forget that race.

"He's in good form now and never even ran on the Flat, so you'd like to think there is a good bit of improvement in him."

Art Of Payroll struck on his hurdling debut at Cork, after which trainer Dessie Hughes and jockey Bryan Cooper spoke about him in glowing terms, while the Jessica Harrington-trained Mr Fiftyone is unbeaten in two starts and won over hurdles at Fairyhouse just a few days ago.

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