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Uncle Danny primed to show his true colours for Queally


Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Uncle Danny can dispose of his 'frustrating' tag by breaking his duck over flights at Gowran Park this afternoon.

John Queally's point-to-point and bumper winner has failed to fire so far in three starts over flights, proving alarmingly feeble when he came off the bridle at Leopardstown last time.

However, he got knocked off balance at the last flight by the eventual winner Gladiator King and while it is never a good idea to make too many excuses for a horse, he may simply have been unnerved by the incident.

Uncle Danny faded into fourth having looked sure to challenge Gladiator King before he nearly got his feet taken from under him. If that was the reason he wilted, then it is worth speculating he can make amends here under Davy Russell.

Toushan and Patsio are possibly the nap selection's main dangers, with Patsio in particular worthy of respect, though Shay Barry's charge has had six goes at this job himself. He ran his best race when third to Arctic Skipper at Naas last month and looked in his element when landing his bumper in deep ground at Limerick, so the forecast of testing conditions won't bother him.

Russell is aboard the course specialist Toon River in the €50,000 Holden Plant Rentals Handicap Chase. Mary Louise Hallahan's 10-year-old scored here for a third time last month, before reverting to hurdles to finish third at Thurles.

He is seven pounds higher now back over fences and is opposable on the basis he is trying to win off a career-high mark at the age of 10. David O'Brien's Is Herself About might be the best alternative. The Flemensfirth mare excels in deep ground, running out a facile hurdle winner at Cork in November off a mark of 109.

In that context, she has something to prove on her handicap debut over fences off a mark of 124. Nonetheless, Is Herself About has the considerable plus of having five-pound claimer Eamonn Corbett up top, and she has shown enough in her four starts over the bigger obstacles to date to suggest she can compete on those terms.

Hallahan and Russell combine for Malt Gem in the beginners' chase, but Moses McCabe's Asitsohappens might be the one to keep on side in that. Andrew Lynch's mount has run three times over fences, getting placed on each occasion behind Smashing, Toubaloo and Empire Of Dirt, respectively.

If he runs to that level now, he is the one they all have to beat.

In the Tetratema Cup Hunters' Chase, Prince De Beauchene ought to continue his winning streak under Patrick Mullins. Adrian Maguire's Two Rockers is a threat, but Prince De Beauchene has been operating at a much higher level.

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