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Wednesday 16 April 2014

British pair head Power weights

Silver by Nature will carry joint top-weight in the Paddy Power Chase

Silver By Nature and Sydney Paget have been given joint top-weight in the valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.

Lucinda Russell's 11-year-old Silver By Nature showed the fire still burned bright when chasing home the six-year-old Sydney Paget at Haydock last month, but the pair would be meeting on 13lb different terms if both ran.

Home Farm and Sweeney Tunes are the next two on the list, followed by Mad Brian, second in the Troytown last time out on just his third run over fences.

His trainer Gillian Callaghan said: "We were delighted with him at Navan and I suppose ideally he'd prefer a good cut in the ground, but he ran well the last day on what was nice ground.

"He is also in the Topaz Novice Chase (Grade One), but at the minute we are more inclined to go for the Paddy Power Chase."

Goonyella has been installed as the 10-1 favourite by the sponsors with the Paul Nicholls-trained Ruben Cotter, Nicky Henderson's Prince Of Pirates and Jonjo O'Neill's Alfie Sherrin sure to have their supporters if they run.

Questions Answered has had his enthusiasm rekindled over hurdles of late and has been given the option by Eric McNamara.

McNamara said: "He has won his last two handicap hurdles very well and we'll see. He will also get an entry in the Pertemps Qualifier. We'll decide what race he'll go for a bit closer to the time."

Noel Meade's promising Sword Of Destiny, Jim Culloty's Spring Heeled and former Irish National winner Lion Na Bearnai are others in the mix.

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