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Meade can be Downpatrick weather beater

Trainer Noel Meade
Trainer Noel Meade

By Ron McKnight

The weather could play a major part in results at Downpatrick tomorrow with most recent form on faster ground.

Iamastartoo, trained by Noel Meade, recorded an excellent effort when runner up at Galway last week and is taken to land the mares handicap hurdle. In a competitive heat, Sassy Yet Classy, In A Pinch and Walking In Memphis rate the dangers with the latter a winner at the venue on her penultimate start.

Gordon Elliott, leading trainer at the track, can claim the opening maiden hurdle with Kashmir Wilde which appears to have superior experience over hurdles to many of her rivals. Star Adventure and Bianca Minola along with the Mullins trained Rebel Og, winner of a bumper at the course last year, are the dangers.

Elliott could also score in the Coors Rated Hurdle with Road To Dubai following a solid effort at Galway when third with the trainer having a trio engaged. Henry De Bromhead is doubly represented and Killiney Court, a course winner on his penultimate start, could prove the pick and danger to the selection.

Tagg's Island, Midland Millie and Rising form the short list in the handicap hurdle with the Willie Mullins trained Herbiegoesbanananas, despite a lengthy absence, the likely favourite.

The champion trainer can collect the Trackars Hurdle with Panther Soul, bought from Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver after winning on his debut at Dundalk on the all-weather surface last year. The selection has Balgowlah to beat with the local runner twice placed at the track in recent runs.

Draperstown trainer Noel Kelly has an excellent record at the venue and can gain a repeat success over the course and distance with Canadian Steel which keeps his best form for undulating tracks. My Peggy and Bythesametoken supply the threats.

Gordon Elliott can also be on the mark in the bumper with Soldiers Hill and Jamie Codd in the saddle. Duty Calls and Presenting Ana look the pick of the rest.

SELECTIONS: 1.50 Kashmir Wilde, 2.20 Road To Dubai, 2.55 Tagg's Island, 3.25 Iamastartoo, 4.00 Panther Soul, 4.30 Canadian Steel, 5.00 Soldiers Hill

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