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Mt Leinster can do double in big hurdle


Mt Leinster looks capable of a big run this evening

Mt Leinster looks capable of a big run this evening

Mt Leinster looks capable of a big run this evening

Willie Mullins just came up short in the Galway Plate yesterday as his Royal Rendezvous was beaten less than a length by Joseph O'Brien's Early Doors but he can go one better this evening in the Galway Hurdle.

Mullins was actually second and third in the big race yesterday and he is mob-handed again here but Mt Leinster (6.45) can score with quite a unique double.

This talented Bumper winner and classy novice hurdler was victorious on his Flat debut here the other night and is turned out quickly for an audacious bid in this most valuable contest.

He won with a fair bit up his sleeve, despite a slow start, and that will hopefully leave him ready to do the business again tonight.

This is his handicap debut after running in plenty of top company so far over hurdles and it would be a surprise if this highly regarded six-year-old doesn't prove to be a lot better than his current rating of 142.

That's the mark he runs off here with a lovely racing weight of 10st 11lb on his back and any rain in the air will certainly help his cause as he has some decent form with cut in the ground. He doesn't look to be first or second string of Mullins' quintet but as a result is a lovely each-way price at around 14/1 and he can certainly reach the frame.

John McConnell saddled ANNA BUNINA (4.45) to win with loads in hand at Cork the other day and, turned out quickly, she can double up.

That 11-length romp on yielding ground will have left her spot on for this and it did look as though the penny had dropped.

She could very easily be underestimated and it is quite significant that McConnell takes off 5lb through Sean O'Keeffe's claim - it would look as though he is leaving nothing to chance.

The Beginners' Chase looks at the mercy of DOCTOR DUFFY (5.15), who has run with credit on two chase starts since a fairly decent effort in the Martin Pipe race at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

This race looks very winnable and with a clear round the Charles Byrnes seven-year-old should score.

Galvin must be a doubt after his withdrawal from yesterday's Plate so DIME A DOZEN (5.45) is given the nod in the Rockshore Novice Chase.

She looked classy when asserting her dominance late on at Killarney a couple of weeks ago and would be a well-celebrated winner for Shark Hanlon and Bryan Cooper in the race that was won last year by the ill-fated Wicklow Brave.

The Arthur Guinness Handicap Hurdle looks absolutely wide open but one that catches the eye is Tony Martin's ACCLAMATIO (6.15).

The Breslin colours are always worth watching here and this lad has the look of one who has been targeted at one race only.

He was a grand fourth over flights on his first run for nearly 10 months a few weeks ago and then had another spin on the Flat last week. Those two spins should have left him spot on and he could be dangerously handicapped.

In theory, Willie Mullins' Jon Snow should get the better of THE VERY MAN (7.15) this evening but he has been a shade disappointing and Gordon Elliott can strike while the iron is hot after his charge's win here yesterday.

THE TRIGGER (7.45) has been in sparkling form, racking up a hat-trick - he can make that four in the penultimate race for Ronan McNally and Mark Walsh, while the well-bred SMOKEY THE BANDIT (8.15) should have enough talent to land the finale on debut.