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India can get punters going in hot opener

By Ron McKnight

The opening Fundraiser Hurdle at Downpatrick this afternoon appears a match between the Willie Mullins-trained Great Jones and the Jim Dreaper-trained Sizing India.

The former has Ruby Walsh in the saddle and appears the likely favourite but the Dreaper horse, with Andrew Lynch aboard, finished a decent second at Limerick last time on similar going and gets the vote.

Ring Eye is open to improvement and has each way prospects while See U In Coppers could reward place support.

Daytime Dreamer had Pink Goddess in third and Brian The Warrior In fifth when scoring at the course last time and bids for a repeat in the Raffle Hurdle.

Pink Goddess, on slightly better terms today and a track specialist, is taken to reverse placings.

Bose Ikard, Butney Boy and Romeo Is Bleeding look the principal trio in the maiden hurdle. The first named, trained by Noel Meade, is taken to deny Butney Boy, runner-up at the venue last time, espcially as Crossgar trainer Colin McBratney has booked Ruby Walsh for the mount.

Father Jack from Dessie Hughes in-form stable has place possibilities, likewise Nell's Nan, placed on recent efforts at the track.

The Sizing team of Dreaper, Lynch and owners Alan & Ann Potts can double up at the meeting with Sizing Solution in the Jonjo Bright Trust Chase.

Claragh Native, top rated and a course winner, represents trainer Arthur Moore and champion jockey Davy Russell and looks the likely favourite, while Zane Grey and the front-running Lily The Lioness hold place claims.

Rattan is a highly-rated hurdler but has failed to register success in over a year but representing Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh is almost certain to start favourite In the EBF Beginners Chase.

Mackeys Forge and Howwoulduno can offer better value in the race with the latter, trained at Newry by Liam Lennon having been running with consistency on the prevailing going, preferred.

The Noel Meade-trained Pat Garrett bids for quick compensation in the Charity Auction Chase, having appeared set for victory at Ballinrobe on Tuesday only to fall at the penultimate fence. Old Supporter, Mr Duffy and Blue Dynasty appear the trio to beat.

Alton Bay looks a banker in the last of the day following numerous placed efforts in bumpers and having had several of today's opponents in arrears last time. Robbie McNamara is a notable rider booking for Paddy Roe, third over hurdles on his debut, and Vermout Fougeray is an interesting debutante for Philip Fenton.

Selections: 3.20 Sizing India 3.55 Pink Goddess 4.30 Bose Ikard 5.05 Sizing Solution 5.35 Howwoulduno 6.05 Pat Garrett 6.35 Alton Bay

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