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Down Royal: High expectations for Selection Box

By Jimmy Walker

Crossgar trainer Colm McBratney has high hopes for Selection Box at Down Royal’s big St Patrick’s Day meeting after the 10-year-old’s third place in the Ulster National two weeks ago.

Selection Box was also third in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at Down Royal’s Christmas meeting — a race won by another McBratney horse, Sole Witness.

Selection Box’s main threat in today’s Daily Mirror Chase could come from Vic Venturi, a highly-rated horse from the Dessie Hughes stable who finished fourth at Fairyhouse last time out.

Gordon Elliott may win the Tote Beginners Chase with Ballymak who has been runner-up in his last two outings.

Larne trainer Stuart Crawford could provide the main opposition in the form of Inverglen.

In the Hunter Chase, Rowdy Rampage — trained by Liam Lennon — is the one to watch.

Anderson McAuley, trained by McBratney, was third at Down Royal in December and could go close in the Daily Mirror Maiden Hurdle while Tyrone trainer Mervin Torrens should have a chance with Dancin Glory.

Definite All Star, trained by Gordon Elliot, is another worth watching, while Kid Curry, trained by Noel Meade, can improve on recent outings, one of which was when second at Down Royal.

Jim Lambe will be hopeful of Drumbledore in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

In the Down Royal Punters Pack Beginners Chase, Talkin Tough — trained by Brian Hamilton — is the one to be on.

First race is at 2.00pm and the Cheltenham Festival will be shown on the big screen.

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