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Seabass, with Katie Walsh up, clears the last on their way to winning The Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase. Picture: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

Seabass, with Katie Walsh up, clears the last on their way to winning The Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase. Picture: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

Seabass, with Katie Walsh up, clears the last on their way to winning The Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase. Picture: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

The Ted Walsh-trained Seabass is the most notable declaration for this evening's final meeting at Punchestown until October, but the Grand National third of 2012 will need rain to be given the green light to run, according to the trainer.

Punchestown is described as good to firm for the seven-race card and the 10-year-old is due to line up in the Follow Punchestown On Facebook Chase, with Ruby Walsh taking over from his sister Katie in the saddle.

The race is being used as a prep run for Seabass who is due to go to France to run at Auteuil early next month in the 2m6f Prix Des Drags.

On ratings, Seabass is 4lbs clear of Rathlin but owing to the conditions of the race he is in receipt of 6lbs from Mouse Morris' recent hurdle winner which leaves Seabass fairly well in for the 2m6f contest.

Seabass is locally trained in Kill, but few horses, indeed no horse, will be more locally trained at Punchestown than Ross O'Sullivan's He's Our Man who will make the short journey from his Craddockstown base to line up in the first race.

O'Sullivan's flag bearer since he took out his training licence just gets a tentative nod in what is a trappy looking race.

Cases could be made for most of the nine runners to win this but, equally, cases could be made for them not to win it also, but the first-time blinkers are being employed by O'Sullivan and with a liking for good ground, He's Our Man may prove difficult to beat.

A horse at a price to keep an eye on in the handicap chase is Paddy Mooney's Good Fella, who is another likely to appreciate the ground and probably ran a shade better than his beaten distance the last day suggested.

Elsewhere on the card, Macnicholson is another to catch the eye if he can reproduce anything like his run behind Moyle Park previously, however, always be wary of a Peter Fahey newcomer in bumpers and his King Theatre gelding Frontline is not to be ignored if the market moves in his favour.

 

CRONIN'S CHOICE

PUNCHESTOWN

5.45 He's Our Man

6.15 Seabass

6.45 Good Fella

7.15 Indevan

7.45 Lady Of Glencoe

8.15 Norah Star

8.45 Macnicholson


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