Sunday 17 December 2017

Delegate bids to produce action replay

Delegate trainer Gordon Elliott. Picture: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Delegate trainer Gordon Elliott. Picture: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Thomas Kelly

Delegate will try to follow up his Roscommon victory of last month in the Connolly's Red Mills Rated Novice Hurdle when he returns to the track this evening.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, the six-year-old has won two of his four starts this term and is likely to be a warm order for this extended two-and-a-half-mile affair.

Rise Of Empire has won two out of three runs this season and he takes his chance for Noel Meade, while Zafarqand and Hanover Street are other contenders.

Steamboat Bill heads the weights for the Leo Dolan Memorial Handicap Hurdle following a couple of recent placed efforts.

Misdflight will be seeking compensation for Denis Hogan in this event after passing the post first at Down Royal last time, only to be disqualified at a subsequent stewards' inquiry.

Other names to note include Mr Mulliner, which won last time out, and Fleurys Fort, which is targeting a fourth win on the bounce.

By The Banks and Kentucky Lass appear to be the key movers in the Keen Print Handicap Hurdle with both having posted good recent efforts.

He's A Gent is an eyecatching newcomer for Alan Fleming and Barry Connell in the INH Flat Race and that duo also have a noteworthy runner in the shape of Volvalien in the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Eddie Lynam is hoping the ground will come right for Sole Power ahead of Saturday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket. The nine-year-old sprinter is a five-time Group One winner and has run well in the six-furlong test at HQ in the past.

Aidan O'Brien is triple-handed with Air Force Blue, Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge among the 19 entries, which also include King's Stand winner Profitable.

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