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Classy Wedding Present can deliver the goods for O'Brien

Sean O'Brien and Ciaran Fennessy, the local trainer-jockey combo that delivered to such devastating effect with Golantilla in a Cork bumper back in January, are napped to get domestic proceedings under way courtesy of Wedding Present this afternoon.

The final day of the Mallow venue's Easter Festival consists entirely of amateur riders' races, the first of which is a three-mile maiden hurdle.

Among the 20 runners are consistent sorts like Fergiethelegend and Akatara, but the selection is fancied to have a touch more quality than any of its rivals.

Never out of the first three in six starts on the track and in point-to-points, the seven-year-old point and bumper winner found only the useful Foxrock too good on its hurdles bow at Naas three weeks ago.

If Wedding Present reproduces that high level of performance here, it's hard to see anything troubling him.

Fermoy native Fennessy might also take the Coolmore NH Sires Maiden Hunters Chase on Nevskij for Kanturk-based Mick Winters.

This is a tricky contest to decipher with little worthwhile track form to go by, but Nevskij has won three points this term already, completing his haul in some style at Rathmorrissey only last week.

In the Jack Tyner Memorial Hunters Chase, Mossey Joe is the really class act on duty, while the Fegentri World Championship Handicap Hurdle could go the way of Castle Genie.

Trained in Castlelyons by Paul Cashman, the Beneficial mare survived a blunder to get off the mark over fences at Clonmel on Thursday, having previously been a respectable third over hurdles at the same track off a mark of 94.


Castle Genie is two pounds higher here, but she is clearly in form and there is not too much depth to this contest.

Declan Queally, brother to top Flat jockey Tom, is another rider that could depart with a brace in the two scheduled bumpers. He rides Our Man Zebo for Michael Hourigan in the Pegus Horse Feeds Point-to-Point Bumper.

Placed in two points before the turn of the year, the grey managed to get off the mark with some style, at Lemonfield at the beginning of last month.

In the finale, Queally is on Western Goose for Jimmy Mangan. A half-sister to Colour Squadron, the Westerner six-year-old hinted at her potential by flashing home to fill the runner-up spot on only her second start at Bandon in February.

Meanwhile, Roi Du Mee made little of carrying top weight in testing conditions to claim the Grade Three Imperial Call Chase yesterday

Trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Jason Maguire, Roi Du Mee came to the front seven from home alongside Toon River.

And Elliott's charge coped best with the ground to justify his 9/10 price, finishing three lengths clear of Pandorama and Toon River.

In the process, Roi Du Mee claimed the sixth win in his last seven outings which included the Grade Two Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last month.

"I probably sent him on early enough, but I spoke to Davy (Russell) and he says he stays well and goes on the ground," Maguire said. "He's a great consistent horse and has been placed well all year."

The winner gave Maguire a double after he took the opener, also for Elliott, on Bayan.

Irish Independent