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Townend in Ballinrobe return

Paul Townend, currently leading the race to be crowned Ireland's champion National Hunt jockey, is due to return from an injury lay-off at Ballinrobe.

Townend, who admirably replaced Ruby Walsh on a number of Willie Mullins' stable stars throughout the season, will be in action with three rides.

The jockey fractured his collarbone at Navan on March 26 and is four winners ahead of Davy Russell as he attempts to claim his first title.

"I saw my specialist Tadgh O'Sullivan and everything is A1 and hopefully I'll have a bit of luck. The collarbone seems perfect," said Townend.

The jockey won his first race at the Cheltenham Festival in March when partnering What A Charm to victory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

He has high hopes of winning on his return as he rides three for Mullins, Rattan in the Western People Maiden Hurdle, Wee Giant in the Treacy's Pharmacy Hurdle and Killultagh Queen in the Roundfort Stores Beginners Chase.

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