Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Lord reverts to smaller obstacles

Willie Mullins

Sweet My Lord will attempt to make a successful return to timber in the feature race of the day at Kilbeggan.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was last seen in action winning a decent chase at Tramore in April, having previously been pulled up in the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is no slouch over hurdles, either, with three victories from 12 starts to his name.

Although the handicapper refuses to give him too much respite, Ruby Walsh's appointment is sure to make him a popular choice in the FBD Insurance Hurdle over three miles.

Gates Of Rome and Mossley top the weights for the 19,000 euro contest, but both horses must put behind them disappointing runs on their last starts.

There would be few more widely applauded winners than the 13-year-old veteran Powerstation, who hails from Eamonn O´Connell's yard and sports first-time blinkers.

Catch Me, who boasts a victory over Brave Inca in the 2008 Hatton's Grace Hurdle to his name, has slithered down the ratings as he has not won since October 2009.

Ninetieth Minute was a Cheltenham Festival winner in the same year but he, too, must arrest a discernible slide in fortunes for the Tom Taaffe team.

Kostar is arguably the most interesting contender for Dessie Hughes. The six-year-old has his first start since last October, when he looked booked for victory at Cork but fell at the final flight, and remains appealingly weighted.

Maccas Lad, Gimli´s Rock, The Bishop Looney and Bourbon Ellie complete the 11-strong line-up.

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