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Marinero can sail to victory for Cooper after near misses

By Ron McKnight

Published 23/09/2016

Out in front: Bryan Cooper can ride Marinero to victory in the EBF Beginners Chase at Downpatrick today
Out in front: Bryan Cooper can ride Marinero to victory in the EBF Beginners Chase at Downpatrick today

Marinero, with Gigginstown's stable jockey Bryan Cooper aboard, can supply the banker bet at Downpatrick in the EBF Beginners Chase.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained son of Presenting has been competing at a much higher level - finishing second to Briar Hill last time and the same position when denied by a neck at the Galway Festival.

Gordon Elliott provides Isabella Liberty and Taglietelle.

Swantykay, with Davy Russell in the saddle and solid form figures, could complete the forecast.

Curragh trainer Dermot Weld has a rare runner at the local track with Sir Raston, brought down on his sole hurdles effort but boasting decent flat form.

The Elliott-trained Antiphony holds Russeltown on their most recent encounter.

Teenager Jack Kennedy presently tops the jockeys leaderboard and Antiphony could add to his tally.

Bawnmore Lass - second at Ballinrobe on Tuesday - Silverpockets and Aurora's Dream warrant consideration in the handicap hurdle however Tornado Watch landed a massive gamble on his previous visit to the course and followed up on Tuesday despite a 12lbs hike in ratings.

Although shouldering top weight, he is taken to complete the hat-trick for the Fogarty brothers.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins is doubly represented in the Kelso Racecourse Hurdle with Dreambaby and Bakougan.

Sweet Home Chicago, Forever Dylan and Vinnie Luck hold solid claims. Sweet Home Chicago filled the runner up spot when Dreambaby was third at Galway and is just preferred.

Sam King cantered round for a facile victory over hurdles at the course in August prior to returning and finishing a decent fourth in a handicap contest - and with Ruby Walsh again taking the mount on his father's runner, it will have supporters.

Timmone warrants respect in the Beginners Chase with Sean Flanagan in the saddle.

Finding Touch showed improved form to score at Clonmel earlier this month over hurdles and could follow up over fences for trainer Christy Roche and jockey Mark Walsh.

TODAY'S DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 2.00 Antiphony 2.35 Tornado Watch 3.10 Sweet Home Chicago 3.45 Finding Touch 4.20 Marinero 4.55 Willow Grange 5.30 Up The Navan Road

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