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The Paul Nolan trained Crazyheart, with the talented claiming rider Sean O'Keefe aboard, is taken to land the feature chase at Down Royal's May Day meeting. (stock photo)
The Paul Nolan trained Crazyheart, with the talented claiming rider Sean O'Keefe aboard, is taken to land the feature chase at Down Royal's May Day meeting. (stock photo)

By Ron McKnight

The Paul Nolan trained Crazyheart, with the talented claiming rider Sean O'Keefe aboard, is taken to land the feature chase at Down Royal's May Day meeting.

The selection was third to Cloudy Morning on his penultimate start, the latter endorsing the form when winning at Punchestown last weekend. Tisamystery, Veinard and the front running Presenting Mahler appear the principal dangers.

Tigris River, winner of the Galway Hurdle two years ago, can make a winning debut over fences for trainer Joseph O'Brien and owner JP Mc Manus in the beginners chase.

Cliff House, with prior experience of jumping the larger obstacles, is the obvious danger.

The opening maiden hurdle for claiming riders attracts a maximum field. Calicojack, trained by Noel Meade for the Hunt family which has a long association with the local course, has solid form to score.

Batts Rock and Generalisation are the form dangers while the Joseph O'Brien duo of newcomers, Wayfarer and Ellipsism, owned by the trainer's mother, are interesting.

Count Simon, owned by Templepatrick's Sloan family, could provide another local success. The Gordon Elliott trained runner won at Perth last time while the trainer also has the main danger, Ravenhill, engaged and Sizing Rome, winner of his last two races over fences, could make his presence felt in the conditions hurdle.

Oromo, Cadougarde, Hussle Up and Sillogue have obvious form claims in the handicap hurdle. However Sicario, trained at Sligo by Mark McNiff, following a good effort on his penultimate start at Leopardstown, could offer the value bet on his handicap debut to beat Oromo.

The hunterchase is another small field and the Jim Dreaper trained Complete Sizing, unbeaten in his four starts in points,can deny likely favourite Winged Leader.

With little form to work on in the concluding bumper, the Elliott newcomer, Felino De Bersy, owned by Cheveley Park, is the likely favourite. Ball Breaker is a rare bumper runner for trainer Willie McCreery with Clody Valley, Darkest Day and Global Society other debutantes to note. Ball Breaker could break the bookies.

SELECTIONS: 2.10 Calicojack 2.45 Sicario 3.20 Count Simon 3.55 Tigris River 4.30 Crazyheart 5.05 Complete Sizing 5.35 Ball Breaker

AFTER a successful weekend at Newmarket, it would be no surprise to see Aidan O'Brien continue his run of success on home soil at the Curragh today.

O'Brien has two of the four runners in the featured Mooresbridge Stakes - with his son Joseph and Jessica Harrington completing the field - and the Ryan Moore-steered Magical will start as a justifiable short-priced favourite.

The O'Brien/Moore combination have a strong shout in the previous race too with Happen poised to land the Group Three Coolmore Gleneagles Irish EBF Athasi Stakes.

It will be the first meeting at the course since its redevelopment and a good crowd is expected for the opener at 1.50 in which Sunday Sovereign, Arizona and Harpocrates are expected to battle for honours.

The Harrington-trained In The Present is one of the day's better looking outsiders in the 2.25. However, it will be a surprise if the O'Brien/Moore pairing doesn't strike with King Neptune set to go off a short-priced favourite.

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