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Culloty hoping to Lord it

Lord Windermere is one of the more interesting contenders among the 26 entries for the Coolmore National Hunt Sires Ask & Getaway Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Jim Culloty's six-year-old impressed twice over timber before finishing fourth in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in mid-February, and returned to winning ways in fine style at Naas a month ago.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has a predictably strong hand in the Grade Two contest, with Earls Quarter joined by stablemates Laganbank, Pickapocketortwo, Terminal and Turban.

County Hurdle winner Alderwood could come back to novice company for Tom Mullins, while other players include Lyreen Legend, Jenari and Dedigout.

Noel Meade could run Ipsos Du Berlais, a winner at Punchestown in January but pulled up at Cheltenham in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

Mead said: "He does need a bit of ease in the ground and we probably won't run him unless its soft, we'll just have to monitor the situation.

"He got bottled up coming past the stands (at Cheltenham), we don't know why, but he has come back well and is in good form."

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