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Lord to put Carberry and Elliott on course for double

Former champions Paul Carberry and Barry Geraghty should be among the winners today at Down Royal, where Meath riders could land five of the seven races, as Andrew Lynch and claimer Keith Clarke have fancied mounts as well.

Carberry has struck up a worthwhile association with Gordon Elliott's Trim-based stable and they should manage to combine for a double over hurdles here courtesy of hat-trick seeker Trendelenburg and the consistent Lord Redsgirth.

Fairyhouse and Limerick victor Trendelenburg can defy an 8lb rise in the ratings against Lascalahall and Co for the Tote Handicap Hurdle, while Lord Redsgirth could outstay Celtic Wish in the second division of the maiden hurdle.

The fact they've split the opening Sean Graham Bookmakers promotion could profit Geraghty's mount Good Time Donie most as this Downpatrick runner-up to Traffic Article gets the 8lb maiden allowance from Dermot McLoughlin's Vics Canvas.

Last week's surprise Navan scorer Accordion To Paddy will again have the testing conditions he seems to relish when resuming for Lynch and Michael O'Hare's yard with 8lb extra to carry in the novice handicap hurdle, while Clarke should go close aboard Hidden Present, third to Arctic Mick at that same Navan fixture, for local handler Bernard Jones in the claimers' handicap chase.

Colm Murphy's trip from Wexford paid off with Mick The Man a year ago in the novice chase and a repeat success beckons as Gates Of Rome takes a definite drop in grade before Tom Hogan's Flycorn, runner-up to Black Benny at Thurles, is napped to open his account in a competitive finale.

Meanwhile, Black Apalachi's chances of ever winning the Aintree Grand National for Dessie Hughes appear to have disappeared after he was ruled out for the season.

Now a 12-year-old, he was going ominously well when unseating Denis O'Regan at Becher's on the second circuit in 2009 before finishing second to Don't Push It last April.

He was being prepared solely with the race in mind again but has sustained a tendon injury. "I've no idea how it happened, it just appeared. He'll have to stand in his box for a month or two. This probably would have been his year," said Hughes.

Irish Independent