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Omagh jockey Simon Torrens, who is enjoying his best ever season, moves onto the big stage today as he partners top-weight Kilfenora (20/1) in the Coral Cup. (stock photo)

Omagh jockey Simon Torrens, who is enjoying his best ever season, moves onto the big stage today as he partners top-weight Kilfenora (20/1) in the Coral Cup. (stock photo)

Omagh jockey Simon Torrens, who is enjoying his best ever season, moves onto the big stage today as he partners top-weight Kilfenora (20/1) in the Coral Cup. (stock photo)

Omagh jockey Simon Torrens, who is enjoying his best ever season, moves onto the big stage today as he partners top-weight Kilfenora (20/1) in the Coral Cup.

Kilfenora is one of five engaged by owner JP McManus and trained by Eddie Harty, the others including Ballymoy - a product of Wilson Dennison's successful Templepatrick nursery - Canardier, who opened his account over hurdles at Down Royal, and Fagan, who started his career in local point to points.

In the Grade One RSA Novice Chase, Battleoverdoyen - who won a Templepatrick point to point for Banbridge trainer Gerry Cosgrave before being sold for £235,000 - holds major claims for trainer Gordon Elliott.

Castlebawn West is owned by Crossgar-based Rose Boyd, who owned champion hurdler Hurricane Fly along with a couple of other Ulster owners. Slate House, meanwhile, is another product from the Dennison nursery and was trained by Ballymena trainer Ian Ferguson and sold for £260,000.

Battleoverdoyen would be preferred to Slate House as an each way punt.

In the opening Ballymore Hurdle, Draperstown handler Noel Kelly is hoping for a good run from Décor Irlandis, with multiple Ulster point to point region champion rider Noel McParlan on board.

However, Envoi Allen warrants his short price and opened his account over hurdles at Down Royal last November.

The JP McManus-owned Defi Du Seuil can again claim the Queen Mother Champion Chase, while Tiger Roll is hot favourite in the Cross County race.

Appreciate It has long been an Irish banker in the Champion Bumper.

SELECTIONS: 1.30 Envoi Allen; 2.10 Battleoverdoyen; 2.50 Kilfenora (ew); 3.30 Defi Du Seuil; 4.10 Tiger Roll; 4.50 Aramax; 5.30 Appreciate It.

Belfast Telegraph