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Cheltenham: Marina to set sail

Eoin Griffin will be hoping that Glencove Marina can book his ticket to the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in today's Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles.

The nine-year-old, formerly trained by Willie Mullins, has endured his fair share of injury problems during his career, but is still a force judged on recent results. After winning a Listed prize at this track, he went on to shape with credit in the John Durkan at Fairyhouse and most recently in Leopardstown's Lexus Chase.

Griffin is delighted to have such a high-class individual in his yard and sees the Ryanair Chase as his perfect target.

“He's in good order. We're dropping back to two and a half miles, which on this ground is far enough for him,” said Griffin. “Hopefully, he'll run a good race and he'll then go for the Ryanair.

“He should get the good ground he likes over there and that should suit him much better than the softer ground he has been running on through the winter. We're delighted to have him in the yard.”

A high-class field of 10 runners are set to go to post with Jessica Harrington's Robert Goldback likely to go off favourite.

Meanwhile, Kieran Purcell’s Smokey Joe Joe was the surprise 25-1 winner of the EBF Novice Hurdle at Limerick yesterday.

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