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Bolger to run Gilgamboa at Leopardstown

ENDA Bolger is keen to run the inexperienced Gilgamboa in Saturday's valuable Boylesports.com Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The six-year-old has only had three races in his fledgling career, winning at Galway and Punchestown, including when scoring on his handicap debut. He will drop back in trip to two miles at the weekend, and Bolger feels he is better off taking his chance in a big race rather than run in another small event.

"Our plan is to run," said Bolger.

"It looks a big ask, but he's won two now, so life is going to get difficult for him wherever we go.

"It's a big pot, so we may as well let him take his chance."

Tony Martin's Quick Jack is ante-post favourite and is one of 28 remaining entries. Willie Mullins has top weight City Slicker, Blood Cotil and Primroseandblue to choose from.

Charles Byrnes' Sea Light is on a four-timer, while Nicky Henderson's Snake Eyes is the sole British possible.

Prince De Beauchene tops the weights for the Leopardstown Chase on the same card, followed by Colbert Station and the Kinloch Brae winner Texas Jack.

A total of 31 possibles remain, with Buckers Bridge, Make A Track, Talbot Road and Minsk in the mix.

Meanwhile, connections of Rock On Ruby are eager to take their chance in Saturday's Racing Post Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster.

 

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The 2012 Champion Hurdle hero made a successful start over the bigger obstacles at Plumpton in December, but his scheduled appearance on Town Moor earlier this month was scrapped due to unsuitable ground conditions.

Alan King's Valdez has won twice already this term and is among the entries alongside his stablemate Raya Star and the progressive Emma Lavelle-trained Fox Appeal, who beat Raya Star in an Ascot Grade Two before Christmas.

Caid Du Berlais claimed a decent event at Exeter, while Byrnes' dual winner Arnaud and Mullins' Djakadam are interesting Irish contenders.

Former top hurdler Grandouet could represent Henderson, with Brick Red, God's Own, Mr Mole and King Of The Wolds completing the dozen.


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