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Charlie Swan Photo: Getty Images

Charlie Swan Photo: Getty Images

Charlie Swan Photo: Getty Images

Charlie Swan admits Start Me Up will need to show plenty of improvement if he is to claim Listed honours in Thursday's Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel.

The seven-year-old was firmly put in his place by the reopposing Bishopsfurze at Thurles last month, but Start Me Up was victorious at this track in November.

He has yet to finish outside the first three this season and Swan is hoping he can keep that run going tomorrow.

"He has a bit to find with Bishopsfurze and obviously, I would prefer it if he wasn't running," said Swan.

"I suppose we have at least won around the track, which is always a help. We're just hoping that he'll run well and if you're not in, you can't win.

"We can't just run away from one horse and there aren't that many opportunities for our horse, so we'll let him take his chance and see how we get on.

"He's a very consistent horse, so I'm sure he'll run a good race."

Bishopsfurze is one of two runners for Willie Mullins, with the champion trainer also set to saddle Skorcher.

The Charles Byrnes-trained Fists Of Fury appears a major contender having chased home subsequent winner Gagewell Flyer at Naas last time, while Ballinahow Lady and recent point-to-point winner Caddy Man also feature among the eight participants.

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