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Alisier starts off for De Bromhead

Alisier D'Irlande attempts to go some way towards showing his colossal sale price was not misplaced by taking the Devil's Bit Maiden Hurdle at Thurles on Thursday.

Roger Brookhouse forked out £300,000 for the gelding at Brightwells last April on the strength of an impressive debut success in a Templemore point-to-point for Willie and Jamie Codd.

Brookhouse sent Alisier D'Irlande to Philip Hobbs and, following two hurdle outings including when placed in a good-class Ascot maiden, the French-bred has now been switched to Henry de Bromhead.

The five-year-old faces 13 rivals in this two-mile event, with Clonmel runner-up Frankie Ballou and the Edward O'Grady-trained Getting Late likely to provide the chief threats.

Davy Russell has ridden four doubles in recent weeks, including a memorable brace aboard Windsor Park and Rivage d'Or at Cheltenham last Wednesday, and the former champion has a couple of good chances in the opening two races.

Russell teamed up with Mary Louise Hallahan for a double at Gowran Park before Cheltenham, and they are represented by Deano in the opening Templemore Beginners Chase.

The eight-year-old filled the runner-up spot on his chasing debut behind Mr Cosmopolitan at Clonmel last month, although the mistake-prone Third Opinion would be difficult to beat if putting in a clear round.

Russell partners Romantic Fashion in the following Jimmy Neville Memorial Beginners Chase, and the Prunella Dobbs-trained mare has solid claims.

Her three career wins have all been recorded with plenty of cut in the ground, and a reproduction of her third to Malt Gem at Gowran Park earlier this month may be good enough.

Navan runner-up Rolling Rocket can confirm previous placings with West Council in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, while Annie Alainn may follow up a recent Downpatrick win in the Clonoulty Handicap Hurdle.

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