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Take Spill The Beans to score on 'chase debut

Regular championship contender Davy Russell makes a welcome return from injury this weekend as he attempts to get back in the groove in a season that's yielded just 18 winners from less than 100 outings.

Three of a mere seven starters on behalf of Charles Byrnes during Russell's restricted campaign thus far have hit the target and this formidable alliance is revived this afternoon during the first stage of Wexford's two-day fixture in the Carne Beginners Chase.

Rockys Choice should give a good account of himself, but could be vulnerable again with preference for the younger Spill The Beans.

Henry de Bromhead and Andrew Lynch are opting to send Herb Stanley's Spill The Beans straight over the larger obstacles after a maiden hurdle victory over Got Options on the same Tramore card.

Their decision to concentrate in future over fences with the Talkin Man gelding may get a confidence boost earlier on courtesy of Colm Murphy's Got Options in the opening New Ross Maiden Hurdle.

This King's Theatre mare gets a healthy weight concession, plus Mikey Fogarty's valuable claim, over the likely Willie Mullins-trained favourite Sir Vincent.

The day's featured Casey Enterprise Chase has suffered due to the prevailing good ground, with 13 of the 21 initial acceptors defecting, most notably Osana, Uncle Junior and Wise Old Owl.

Moscow Flyer's half-brother Lenabane is rated 7lb ahead of recent Munster National runner-up Fisher Bridge, but has an absence of 186 days to overcome and that theoretical advantage could be whittled away by the match fitness of Noel Meade's seven-year-old.

John Kiely's classy Accordion mare Araucaria, which overcame trouble in running to land the odds in a maiden hurdle at Navan four weeks ago at the main expense of Model County Lass, can confirm that outcome with the latter in the opening leg of the Jackpot.

High Magic and Andrew McNamara would be deserving winners of tomorrow's opening maiden hurdle even if Ruby Walsh's Strain Of Fame would pose a serious threat on best form.

The Willie Mullins-Walsh alliance likewise will be hopeful of Otay Kawn's chances of getting off the mark over fences in the Kilmore Beginners Chase.

That shrewd Tipperary-based French trainer Matthieu Palussiere's dual runner-up Mulberry Boy in the hands of McNamara, victorious in this event a year ago with Aranleigh, rates an attractive alternative though.

Irish Independent