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Expect Miracle after hat-trick of successes



One to follow: Eddie’s Miracle is a top tip tonight at Downpatrick

One to follow: Eddie’s Miracle is a top tip tonight at Downpatrick

One to follow: Eddie’s Miracle is a top tip tonight at Downpatrick

Eddie's Miracle can triumph in a highly competitive hunter chase at Downpatrick tonight. Chosen Dream, Clondaw Frisby and Eddie's Miracle look the principles.

Chosen Dream has solid form, finishing runner-up last time at the Maze, while Clondaw Frisby has a similar profile having won at the venue in March.

Eddie's Miracle could supply the best value of the trio having won all three points starts since joining David Christie, the Derrylin handler on form having registered a hat-trick at his home venue - the Fermanagh point to point festival - last weekend as well as a winner at Fontwell last night when Darwins Fox triumphed with Ulster rider David Maxwell aboard.

Cant Pay Wont Pay beat Mullaghmurphy Blue at the track earlier this month.

I'm An Izz Wizz and Willow Grange appeal in the handicap chase.

The former, beaten a neck in a similar contest in March at the course, ran better than his final placing last time while the latter was also denied by a neck earlier this month at the track.

Chelate could have place prospects but Kilclispeen is a notable runner for Joseph O'Brien and owner JP McManus having won his maiden hurdle at the local track and is the likely danger to the principals.

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Atlantic Breaker can gain compensation in the opening maiden hurdle, having had to settle for second at the course earlier in the month.

Top trainer at the track Gordon Elliott has a trio engaged with Canny Tom, partnered by Denis O'Regan, possibly best and the danger.

Just four are due to start in the novice hurdle and the top three are rated the same.

Foxearth could score for trainer Henry de Bromhead and deny Polymath, another runner-up at the previous local meeting.

Granny Biddy, Brooklynn and Ashjan make most appeal in the handicap hurdle with the first - trained by Mick Winters - likely to reap reward for his travels from Cork.

Tigroney, TB Broke Her, Optimised, Jack Slade and Finding Touch form the shortlist in a very open beginners chase.

The last named is trained by Christy Roche for top owner McManus and despite an absence could prove the pick.

In the finale, Iolani, Frankiefiveangels, Thinkinmysleep and Amarillo Rose have form in bumpers.

Creadan Grae and Molly King are interesting recruits from point to points and Bringherwithya a notable newcomer.

Creadan Grae - trained by Elliott with Banbridge amateur rider Steven Clements aboard - can offer the value bet in the finale.

Meanwhile Jack Kennedy faces four months on the sidelines after suffering a broken femur in a fall at Punchestown.

The top rider suffered the injury when he was unshipped from Bobbie's Diamond at the last fence in the La Touche Restaurant Novice Chase on Wednesday evening.

The Turf Club's senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick is expecting the rider, who has broken a leg twice in the past year, to fight his way back to fitness.

He said: "I'm sure he will respond well."

RON McKNIGHT'S DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 5.25 Atlantic Breaker 6.00 Foxearth 6.30 Granny Biddy 7.05 Finding Touch 7.35 Willow Grange 8.10 Eddie's Miracle 8.45 Creadan Grae.

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