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Point-to point

After surrendering to the elements last Sunday, Belharbour is set for some great action this afternoon.

Pat Doyle has a good record in the four-year-old race here so Tackmaster could be best followed.

Paddysparks, which was narrowly second last time, will take beating in the confined maiden for Patrick Hassett.

Denis Leahy's Ballincurrig stands out on his reappearance in the five-year-old maiden, while Atlanta Falcon for Tom Howley will take beating in the winners' race here, and likewise if he chooses to go to Askeaton tomorrow.

Also at Askeaton, Sean Doyle's Zagmeister looks poised to strike for victory.

At Punchestown the Gigginstown House Stud charge Raise Hell is a very interesting entry in the opening four-year-old maiden.

Jamadiel is the one to follow for the Slevin team in the Open, while Kris Weld has his first points runner tomorrow when Merchant Royal runs in the older maiden.

At Knockanard the return of Sycamore Island is interesting in the mares' winners' race but she will need to be at her best to beat Ballinaha Swan, which is in top form.

King Massini is related to Big Zeb and stands out in the five-year-old maiden on his debut for Paul Patrick Moloney, while of those with form Paul Cashman's Rev It Up will attract most interest. Kevin O'Sullivan can strike with A Hill To Climb in the confined maiden.

Number of the Week

1There has been one four-year-old maiden run so far. It was won by Barrakilla, a half-brother to China Rock.

Horse to Follow

Rocky Creek made a big impression at Carrigtwohill last Saturday.

Weekend Selection

Merchant Royal can get Dermot Weld's son Kris a debut training success at Punchestown.



Co Clare at Belharbour 1.0

North Down at Kirkistown 12.0


Stonehall at Askeaton 1.0

Kildare at Punchestown 1.0

Avondhu at Knockanard 12.30

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