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Beau Et Sublime

Beau Et Sublime

Beau Et Sublime

Tony Martin is one of those trainers whose runners usually have to be given the utmost respect. Indeed, sometimes the less chance it has on paper the more respect it warrants.

But Martin's best chances at Leopardstown on Friday have got the form in the book to see them stand out as strong contenders. In the opening Bewleys Hotels Maiden Hurdle, the Gigginstown-owned Beau Et Sublime (pictured) makes his hurdling debut and after a couple of encouraging outings in Punchestown bumpers, he is one that could make his mark on the novice hurdle ranks this season.

After finishing second on his debut behind the Gigginstown-owned Utmost Zeal, the four-year-old was purchased by Michael O'Leary's operation and finished third on his next start behind the extremely highly-regarded Bordini.

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If he puts in a solid round of jumping, he should get the Christmas period off to a good start for Martin and jockey Bryan Cooper. The other selected Martin runner is Spacious Sky in the Cardinal Capital Handicap Hurdle.

The five-year-old has only run once over hurdles this season when disappointing at the Galway Festival, but that could have been ground related and the form of some of his efforts on the Flat would suggest that a race like this is well within his grasp and certainly market moves for this horse should be very closely watched.

Elsewhere on the opening Leopardstown card of their four-day Christmas meeting, Joshua Lane is expected to be the one they'll all have to pass in the Thornton's Recycling Maiden Hurdle.

Eddie Harty's charge will carry the colours of JP McManus for the first time after finishing third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and that form is obviously solid enough to win this.

Trainer Robert Tyner has his team in great form at the moment and it could be worth siding with his Way Up In The Air in the Racing Post Handicap Chase which sees the last two winners of the race King Vuvuzela and Jacksonlady search for further glory.

The concluding bumper looks a real cracker and a tentative vote goes to Falcon Crest.


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