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Point-to point

The rescheduled Brosna meeting begins this afternoon with a four-year-old maiden and it may be worth following Roisin Hickey and Champagne Fever, which is a well-bred brother to Presenting Forever.

Andy Slattery's Ballyvoneen is given one more chance in the geldings' maiden to open his account, while Gordon Elliott's Norwich Flyer is chosen for the winners' race.

Garvan Donnelly's Present A Star can overcome a lay-off in the older maiden.

Tomorrow at the same venue, the Cecil Ross-trained Godsmejudge can take the confined race and Old Supporter can take the geldings' maiden.

The 14-year-old Whyso Mayo would be a popular winner of the Open at Bandon, where Oscar Delta will be the danger. At Rathcannon, Michael Hourigan's Upton Ola is the selection in the mares' maiden and Rocking Tommy may take the older maiden.

Paul Nolan's Gigginstown charge Devil May Care can take the five-year-old maiden at Bennettsbridge. Elliott's Backstage, the choice of many for this year's Grand National, will be an odds-on favourite in the Open here, but should he bypass this engagement, Session Or Ression will be next best.

Number Of The Week

9 It is nine years since Whyso Mayo won his maiden at Bandon and now, aged 14, he returns to the same venue in the Open having won 10 points and six races under rules. He has been one of the top pointers in recent years.

Horse To Follow

Clounts Native has now won his last three starts for Michael Winters and could be a name to follow for the future.

Weekend Selection

Embracing Change is entered in the winners' races at Bandon and Rathcannon and wherever he runs, he should be followed having been second at Punchestown last time.



Brosna, at Durrow 1.0 (rescheduled).


Brosna, at Durrow 1.0 (rescheduled).

Limerick, at Rathcannon 12.30.

Kilkenny, at Bennettsbridge 1.0.

Carbery, at Bandon 1.30.

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