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Raising stakes: Western Goose (near) can pose a major danger tonight at Down Royal

Raising stakes: Western Goose (near) can pose a major danger tonight at Down Royal


Raising stakes: Western Goose (near) can pose a major danger tonight at Down Royal

Jack Kennedy, stable jockey to Gordon Elliott, is presently side-lined and the trainer teams up with top rider Davy Russell in several contests at Down Royal.

Station Closed flew home late to snatch victory at Downpatrick last week with Denis O'Regan aboard and is replaced by Russell in the handicap hurdle.

Western Goose won at Fairyhouse on his penultimate start and rates a major danger while Glasson Lad warrants consideration and Hatters Hero makes his debut for Eddie Harty.

Cadeau Du Bresil represents Elliott and Russell in the novice chase and despite making his debut over fences, rates a banker on the card having finished runner up over hurdles at the Lisburn track in January.

Static Jack with Rachael Blackmore aboard is the obvious danger. Cecil Corbett, a close fourth at the course on May Day, gives the top team possibilities of a treble in the handicap chase.

The Noel Meade-trained Benemeade, which carries top weight, and the locally trained Drumhart also look like contenders.

Fiesole, a winner on May Day at the venue, gets the vote to gain a repeat success in the Barclays Telecom Handicap hurdle.

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The selection was a narrow runner up at Clonmel and the prevailing good/firm going is ideal for Eoin Doyle's runner.

The Tony Martin-trained The Invisible Dog appears the likely favourite and along with Tintown Robin can challenge, while locally trained pair Mountain Kingdom and Mighty Whitey also have ability. Tellthemnuttin - winner of two of his last three - can claim the long distance handicap hurdle having had Sheamus well in arrears last time.

The Elliott-trained Whizzey Rascal, despite an absence, could prove the danger.

L'Andana, All's Quiet,Sea Bank, Silken Thomas and Probing form the short list in the opening maiden hurdle.

The latter - one of Davy Russell's mounts - is just preferred following an encouraging debut effort at the local course.

Silken Thomas has consistently placed efforts to his credit while Mountain Rock ran an excellent race in the Cheltenham Festival bumper.

The concluding bumper attracts six runners and the Joseph O'Brien-trained Mischievous Max, which ran well in May and improved to third behind his stable companion at Killarney last time gets the selection to account for the Elliott-trained debutante Cornakill Rose in the finale.

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SELECTIONS: 5.45 Probing 6.15 Fiesole 6.45 Station Closed 7.15 Tellthemnuttin 7.45 Cadeau Du Bresil 8.15 Cecil Corbett 8.45 Mischievous Max.

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