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Flare fired up for Killarney heat

Cheltenham Festival hero Flaxen Flare warms up for a crack at the Guinness Galway Hurdle with a run on the Flat at Killarney on Tuesday.

Trainer Gordon Elliott has chosen the Killarney Veterinary Clinic Race at the County Kerry track as the comeback run for last season's Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner ahead of the valuable handicap at the Ballybrit venue on August 1.

"We've got to start him off somewhere. He's going for the Galway Hurdle in a couple of weeks but we want to get a pipe-opener into him so this will just be a runaround for Galway," said Elliott.

"He seems to be in good form and we're looking forward to it. Hopefully it's a race he can run well in."

Flaxen Flare's seven rivals are headed by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Marchese Marconi and Midnight Oil and Digeanta from the Willie Mullins stable.

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