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Cheers for McIlroy and Glen Orchy Lad at Downpatrick

By Ron McKnight

On the day golf's Ryder Cup starts, Glen Orchy Lad – with top jockey Davy Russell aboard – gets the vote in the Cheering Rory (McIlroy) Hurdle at Downpatrick.

Glen Orchy Lad, trained by John Cullen, is the winner of a bumper at the course and finished third last time at the Maze.

The Gordon Elliott-trained High Net Worth carries top weight on his handicap debut.

Better Back Bob can supply a local winner in the Horse First Maiden Hurdle.

Better Back Bob is trained at Loughbrickland by Neil McKnight and filled the runner-up spot at the course on his last two efforts.

The Ted Walsh-trained Old Castletown – with daughter Katie Walsh aboard – appears the likely favourite following second at Sligo last time and has been twice placed in bumpers at the venue.

Ram Them All and Knight's Parade are the principal duo in the opening At The Races Hurdle .

Preference is for Ram Them All although leading rider Barry Geraghty takes the mount on Knight's Parade.

Russell can double up in the beginners chase with All Fired Up following a good effort when a close third at Galway last week.

Couleur De La Loi – a course winner over hurdles when Camillas Wish filled fourth – could prove the main danger.

Geraghty is a notable booking for the Elliott-trained Definite Ruby – runner-up on her last three starts including at Galway last week – in the EBF Beginners Chase.

Abolitionist and Draycott Place hold similar claims in the contest and will appreciate today's fast ground conditions but Ruby gets the vote.

Duroob, winner of the Ulster Grand National in 2012, would be an apt winner of the Handicap Chase which honours the late Monaghan trainer Oliver Brady.

Duroob is now trained by Oliver's long-time assistant and friend Anthony McCann and if repeating his penultimate effort at Kilbeggan has claims to consideration.

But the Jim Dreaper-trained Cerca Trova, with the in-form Jonny Burke in the saddle, is taken to follow up success at the track last time.

Rathmuck Native can open her account in the concluding bumper following multiple placed efforts.

Carrickcloughanboy will improve on his Roscommon debut but the danger could be the Elliott-trained newcomer Miss North Light with Nina Carberry booked.

Meanwhile, Peter Magill will be selling ballot tickets at all Ulster race meetings and point to point fixtures in the coming weeks in aid of the Jockeys Emergency Fund in relation to Jonjo Bright and John Thomas McNamara.

Tickets include admission/race card at the Kilworth & Araglin point to point with a top prize – supplied by Tully Travel – of a trip to next year's Cheltenham Festival for four people including hotel and stand tickets.

Ballot tickets cost €10 each with the winners of the various prizes announced on Sunday, November 9 at the point to point fixture. For tickets tel 07740 251981.

TODAY'S DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 2.05 Ram Them All 2.35 Glen Orchy Lad 3.05 Better Back Bob 3.35 All Fired Up 4.05 Definite Ruby 4.35 Cerca Trova 5.05 Rathmuck Native

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