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Aghabullogue tomorrow plays host to a top-class Open Lightweight, which includes two Champion Hunter Chasers, a Cheltenham Festival winner and a Power Gold Cup winner among others.

Kilty Storm, which won this race last year, lines up again and deserves respect but faces a huge task here, with Skys The Limit impressive last time at Ballindenisk. Annacarton could bounce back from his Down Royal disappointment and stable companion Conna Castle is sure to be close also.

However, the Affane form may be best to follow as Rudi Trucker and Island Peak were first and second here and whichever has had the best Christmas preparation may be the one to follow here.

Twin Joy looks a class above his rivals and can continue the good run of form in winners' races for Liam Kenny, who has won two already since Christmas. Robert Tyners' Exitnell may return from an absence and will take a lot of beating in the concluding mares maiden, as the Kinsale yard is in top form of late.

Dog Barrell Hill, of the in-form James Dullea yard that saddled Newmill to run a cracker on his return at Cork midweek, can take the older geldings maiden. If the younger geldings maiden divides, Michael Winters could play a part in both heats with Clounts Native and For Sahkey Moon, while in the opening mares maiden Peter Fahey can saddle Over The Bar, which caught the eye on her debut and looks the pick here.

Number Of The Week

8 The handlers title race is looking a competitive one, with both Paurick O'Connor and Colin Bowe both on the eight-winner mark.

Horse To Follow

No Loose Change won easily at Leadington last Sunday and the Terry Ryan-owned six-year-old looks sure-fire track material.

Weekend selection

Twin Joy won a winners' race last week and should add to his tally in the winners-of-two for Jamie Codd and Liam Kenny.



Muskerry at Aghabullogue, 12:30

Irish Independent