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Cheltenham aces in head to head

By Tom Peacock

Christie’s Foxhunter Chase winner Salsify is set to bid for a famous double at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.

Trained by Rodger Sweeney, the seven-year-old got home by a length from Chapoturgeon in a thrilling finish at Cheltenham last month. He is one of 27 entries for the Joseph O'Reilly Memorial Hunters Chase, which also includes Zemsky, winner of the Cheltenham event 12 months ago.

Salsify won this race last year, and Sweeney said: “He has come out of Cheltenham well and as long as the ground is safe, we're on for Fairyhouse. We will look to go to Punchestown afterwards.”

Zemsky has not run since his Cheltenham victory last year and his trainer, Ballymena’s Ian Ferguson, said: “We had problems before Christmas with splints, but they've settled down and he has done plenty of work.

“As long as the ground is safe he will run. He has won first time out in the past.”

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