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Dream can prove to be the Chosen one

By Ron McKnight

Published 02/05/2016

Going big: El Grande aims for hunter chase glory at Down Royal
Going big: El Grande aims for hunter chase glory at Down Royal

Chosen Dream can provide the value bet in the Hunters Chase at Down Royal's May Day meeting this afternoon. With just five runners, the race appears to be between Chosen Dream and Adamstown. The latter finished runner-up to Anseanachai Cliste at the Templepatrick point to point, and also came third in a Down Royal bumper two years ago.

The Graham McKeever-trained Chosen Dream has won eight points and stepped up again when winning the Hunters Chase at Downpatrick.

El Grande is now in the care of Maria Richert at her Draperstown stud while trainer/rider Liz Lawlor can never be dismissed, but Carrigeen Acebo has failed to show the same level of form that has seen the mare win 11 points.

Gold Cup-winning trainer Gordon Elliott appears to have found an ideal opportunity to get Corgyhill back in the winners' enclosure in the conditions hurdle, while Skerries handler Karl Thornton holds Round Tower in the highest regard.

Elliott and Bryan Cooper can double up in the Beginners Chase, named after the locally-owned Monty's Pass - winner of the 2003 Aintree Grand National - with As De Ferbet.

Hurricane Darwin is the danger while Abbey Lane, formerly trained by Willie Mullins, can also get among the action.

JP McManus had a successful week at the Punchestown Festival and can continue his winning run with Elegant Statesman in the feature chase. Trained by Henry De Bromhead and already a C&D winner, Elegant Statesman won at Clonmel last year.

De Bromhead also has The King Of Brega engaged, but Altiepix, Mia's Anthem and Mitebeall For Luck can mix it up while Shake The Bucket - winner of 10 races and a regular scorer on Dundalk's all-weather surface - can never be discounted.

The opening maiden hurdle attracts a maximum field and Clonard Street, The West's Awake, Delegate, Areema and Night Generation lead the way.

The Drunken Dr, Mr Moondance, Most Honourable, Fighting Days, Banker Burke and End of Line are possible each ways in a tricky handicap hurdle contest.

Cadeau Du Bresil, Giant Spirit and Innocent Verdict are the form trio for the concluding bumper with Lagavara, Lady Zaz, Howluckycanwebe, Cock a Doddle Doo, Striggers Luck, Car Park Purchase and Chateauneuf Du Pap all interesting newcomers.

SELECTIONS: 2.05 Areema, 2.40 Fighting Days (each way), 3.15 Corgyhill, 3.50 As De Ferbet, 4.20 Elegant Statesman (nap), 4.55 Chosen Dream, 5.30 Cadeau Du Bresil (double).

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