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Sunday 17 December 2017

McCutcheon looks to rains to aid Maarek's Beverley raid

Tom Hogan’s Dikta Del Mar could be taking part in the Beverley Bullet
Tom Hogan’s Dikta Del Mar could be taking part in the Beverley Bullet

Thomas Kelly

Connections of veteran sprinter Maarek will be hoping the wet weather continues as they plan a weekend raid on England for their mud-loving eight-year-old.

The redoubtable son of Pivotal, trained by Evanna McCutcheon, is on course to feature in the Listed Beverley Bullet on Saturday after finishing fifth behind Mattmu at the Curragh earlier this month.

"We'd love to run him," explained McCutcheon. "He's ready to run and likes to be kept busy, but, as always with him, it's all about the ground as he never wants it too quick."

Maarek is one of 21 confirmations for the Beverley Bullet, for which Tom Hogan's Dikta Del Mar could also travel across the Irish Sea.

Meanwhile, it could be a good night for the father and son team of Ted and Ruby Walsh at Ballinrobe where they travel west with decent prospects of landing a double.

First up for the Kill natives is Sam King in the opening two-mile maiden hurdle in which Edward O'Grady's Time For Mable is likely to go off favourite on the back of a respectable third to Rock On Fruity which was his debut over flight.

However, Sam King has been making gradual progress over hurdles and might represent better value.

The Walshes also team up in the handicap chase over an extended two miles with Old Castletown, which is taken to make the most of its light weight and follow up its recent Tramore victory.

Feature event on the card is the Treacy's Pharmacy Chase in which Gigginstown have a strong hand with Savello and Arnaud, but a chance is taken on Usa to maintain his good course form, while the best bet looks to be As De Ferbet in the finale.

Irish Independent

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