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McNally has high hopes for The Jam Man



Big chance: Sean Flanagan is on The Jam Man

Big chance: Sean Flanagan is on The Jam Man

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Big chance: Sean Flanagan is on The Jam Man

Ronan McNally's dream of a runner at the Cheltenham Festival will be realised this afternoon when The Jam Man contests the Grade One Stayers' Hurdle.

The Jam Man has won nine races and in excess of £100,000, so his trainer's decision to run him is well placed - but connections are aware they not only have to climb the Cheltenham Hill but must also overcome reigning champion Paisley Park.

"He's in great form and deserves to take his chance," said Armagh trainer McNally. "A place would be brilliant but I'll settle for a good run."

Sean Flanagan will be the man in the saddle.

Apple's Jade is also in the field having started her career when runner-up over hurdles on the first-day Down Royal feature hurdle a couple of seasons ago.

Ulster-born businessman David Maxwell finished last season as Champion Amateur rider in Great Britain and has already surpassed last term's tally.

Maxwell rides his own horses and partners Jatiluwih in the Pertemps Hurdle.

Templepatrick duo Joe and Pat Sloan are doubly represented in the race with The Storyteller and Guitar Pete, the pair already Cheltenham Festival winners.

Snow Falcon carries top weight in the Handicap Chase for the Hunt family.

Banbridge trainer Gerry Cosgrave used to have Mount Ida, sold for £70,000 after winning a point to point, and Fort Worth Texas is another winner on the local circuit prior to his sale and is in the Mares' Handicap.

Banbridge rider Mark O'Hare partners Cabaret Queen for Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins with son Patrick opting to ride Fitzhenry, trained by Paul Nolan, in the finale. Cabra rider Noel McParlan is aboard Bob Mahler for Warren Greatrex.

Former champion hurdler Faugheen made a successful debut over fences aged 12 this season, while Samcro opened his account over the large obstacles at last year's Maze Festival, with the pair having claims in the opening novice chase.

A Plus Tard can continue the run of trainer Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore in the Ryanair Chase which includes Shattered Love, who started over fences at the Maze.

SELECTIONS: 1.30 Samcro; 2.10 Jatiluwih; 2.50 A Plus Tard; 3.30 The Jam Man; (ew) 4.10 Blazer; 4.50 Mount Ida; 5.30 Fitzhenry.

Belfast Telegraph