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Paul Townend looks to have the answers aboard Ask Vic

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

Paul Townsend looking to capitalise on Ruby Walsh's absence. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Paul Townsend looking to capitalise on Ruby Walsh's absence. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Paul Townend always makes the most of opportunities that present themselves in Ruby Walsh's absence and the excellent 2011 champion jockey could extend his lead at the head of the jump jockeys' table by winning on Ask Vic at Kilbeggan.

Last week, Townend excelled aboard three Willie Mullins-trained winners en route to a total of five to be crowned leading rider at the Galway Races, and he is trusted to deliver once again aboard the champion trainer's charge in today's Irish Whiskey Mares' Novice Hurdle.

Aidan O'Brien's JP McManus-owned Beach Of Falesa and John Nicholson's Well Tuned are potential dangers to the nap selection. However, Ask Vic's form looks dead solid.

A Kilbeggan bumper and Listowel hurdle winner on her first two starts, she was fifth to Aranhill Chief at Bellewstown on her most recent outing.

With the winner and Shield, which finished third, since coming out and winning twice each, that form reads well in retrospect, so Ask Vic ought to make the most of this slightly lesser quality affair under her Co Cork-born rider.

Townend's fellow Galway hero Shane Shortall could take the two-mile handicap hurdle aboard Liam Cusack's Chief Of Panama, while his cousin Davy Condon has leading chances on the Gordon Elliott-trained duo Time To Work and Quarton in the chases.

Irish Independent

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