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Ruby is all set to sparkle on father Ted's Sam King

By Ron McKnight

Published 06/08/2016

King of the saddle: Star rider Ruby Walsh will be in action at Downpatrick tomorrow and is tipped to triumph on board Sam King
King of the saddle: Star rider Ruby Walsh will be in action at Downpatrick tomorrow and is tipped to triumph on board Sam King

Top jockey Ruby Walsh travels north to partner Sam King, trained by his dad Ted, in the Toals Maiden Hurdle at Downpatrick tomorrow.

The former point to pointer should be good enough to deny likely favourite Night Generation and the locally-trained Benarty Hill - Newry handler Liam Lennon's team are in good form highlighted by his first flat winner earlier this week.

Genesta - representing mother and son duo Mags and Danny Mullins - could gain a repeat course success in the mares handicap hurdle following victory at the track last month and subsequent runner-up spot at Wexford.

Twilight Shadow won a maiden hurdle at the venue in May and the locally-trained mare warrants respect however Emma Beag, a Sligo winner on Thursday on very heavy ground, could prove the main danger while the JP McManus-owned Teachers Pet registered an improved effort last time to finish second.

Leading trainer at Downpatrick Gordon Elliott has a trio engaged in the opener and little separates the three on form.

Jack Kennedy partners likely favourite Miro but Lucy Mc, second to Genesta last time, is preferred while Downpatrick trainer Brian Hamilton has course winner Bertie Bell entered and Tony Martin has declared the locally-owned Lord De Beaufai which won his bumper at the track and was a good second at the Galway Festival.

Powersbomb gets the vote in the rated hurdle following a good Galway effort.

The Elliott-trained pair Wrath Of Titans and Isabella Liberty warrant consideration likewise Odit, third at the venue last time.

Mr Smith, trained by Charles Byrnes, formed part of an excellently executed three-horse coup at Roscommon on Tuesday and should be capable of following up under just a mandatory penalty in the handicap hurdle.

Scenic Star is taken to win the Magners Hurdle.

Amarillo Rose appeals in the finale while top amateur Steven Clements is a notable booking for the Ballyclare-trained Definitely Curious.

Tomorrow's Downpatrick tips: 2.15 Lucy Mc 2.45 Powersbomb 3.15 Mr Smith 3.45 Genesta 4.15 Sam King 4.45 Scenic Star 5.15 Amarillo Rose

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