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194 run at Down Royal

By Ron McKnight

Down Royal's Boxing Day fixture has been supported with a bumper entry of almost 200 horses.

The opening beginners chase has attracted 16 including a pair, Venitien De Mai and Kayf Supreme, trained by Jim Dreaper while The Winker and Futuramic are the top rated duo in the most valuable race on the card. Top trainer Gordon Elliott has a trio engaged with Altiepix, George's Con and Noble Endeavour.

The handicap chase has attracted a field of 20 with Shadow Play, Coolnagorna Giggs and the locally trained Davyroy as top weights.

The maiden hurdle has a mammoth entry of 41 with Gordon Elliott again strongly represented with a quartet of runners including Blood Crazy Tiger and Steamboat Bill while trainer, Tony Martin has five to choose from including Improver and Lip Service. Larne trainer Stuart Crawford has the consistent Danielle's Journey entered.

The EBF Hurdle has 31 entered with Blessed King, Bobbie's Diamond, Call Vinnie, Delegate and Sizing Alberta catching the eye of initial entries.

Crossgar trainer, Colin Mc Bratney looks to hold the key to the 16 engaged in the hunterchase having Marito and Abbey Lane engaged - the pair formerly trained by Willie Mullins and rated respectively 130 and 141 on official ratings.

The Martinstown Claiming Riders Hurdle has 29 entered with Sizing Silver, Jeremy's Pet and locally trained Angus Milan the likely top weighted runners.

The concluding bumper with 35 brings the total initial entry to 194 horses and The Storyteller owned by the Sloan family from Templepatrick and trained by Gordon Elliott stands out. Racing gets underway at 12.25pm with the going is presently soft to heavy.

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