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Uranna sets sail for Punchestown

Uranna is expected to improve for the return to a quicker a surface when she lines up at the Punchestown Festival.

The Willie Mullins-trained mare currently holds a handful of entries at the five-day meeting, which begins on April 28.

Having won a Listed event on her penultimate outing, the seven-year old performed with credit when pitched into top-level company for the first time, finishing fourth behind Bitofapuzzle at Fairyhouse.

Steve Massey, spokesman for owners Supreme Racing Club, said: "We were delighted with her run last time out at Fairyhouse.

"She travelled really well and just made a mistake at the third-last. She stayed on really well and just missed out on finishing third.

"She is entered in the Grade One two-and-a-half-mile and three-mile novice events, while there is also a mares' novice hurdle race she could go to.

"One thing for sure is that she will definitely run at Punchestown - it is just a case at this stage of seeing what else is entered.

"She's in really good form and the better ground will see her improve again."

Likely to join Uranna at the meeting will be the lightly-raced Ask Vic, who is being aimed at the valuable Setanta Sports Handicap Hurdle on May 2.

The five-year old was last seen in action when pulling up behind stablemate Black Hercules in a Grade Three at Cork in December.

Massey said: "Ask Vic has been a little star for us.

"She didn't handle the heavy ground at Cork but before that she was beaten less than a length by Martello Tower, who has since gone on to win the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival.

"She needs a few to come out of the race but I am sure she will get a run.

"It will be a tough race, but she'll be on a nice weight and goes well fresh.

"The faster ground will suit her a lot better."

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