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Gordon Elliott is doubly represented in the featured conditions hurdle with Everybreathyoutake and the locally owned Count Simon, the pair both rated 134 (stock photo)
Gordon Elliott is doubly represented in the featured conditions hurdle with Everybreathyoutake and the locally owned Count Simon, the pair both rated 134 (stock photo)

By Ron McKnight

Yet again the province has a trio of meetings this week, the same as in June, which results in six of the allocated 23 fixtures, nearly a quarter, staged within two weeks of the year - unsatisfactory race planning for local owners and trainers plus racegoers.

Gordon Elliott is doubly represented in the featured conditions hurdle with Everybreathyoutake and the locally owned Count Simon, the pair both rated 134.

Count Simon won over fences at Punchestown three starts ago while his stable companion - an ex-Ulster pointer -has won three of his last four efforts including beating tonight's rival Doctor Duffy at Killarney last time.

Mine Now is rated 135 and finished third in a competitive chase at Galway - and gets the vote - while the local hope The White Volcano could have place prospects on his return to action.

Elliott is also doubly represented in the opening juvenile hurdle and Global Freedom, with two placed efforts over flights, can put that experience to good use. Laura Bullion, Champagne Terri and Colfer Me look the dangers. 

Iamastartoo failed to recover from a mistake two from home when third at Downpatrick while also filling the same spot at Sligo last time, however gets another chance on the more galloping track in the mares maiden hurdle. Echo Park and Mademoiselle Penny could be threats on their hurdling debuts.

Myladyrose had her runner-up effort at Kilbeggan endorsed on Monday when the winner, Finding Joy, followed up.  

Blackyellowred, Lady Of The Sea and Bective Cave are dangers while Wink Wink can improve on her handicap debut. 

The maiden hurdle is another tricky contest however Weilnacts, owned by JP McManus and runner-up at Roscommon last time, could prove the safest bet. 

Warlike Intent, Make The Switch and Zaloka hold similar claims while the locally trained Indian Admiral was a 66/1 chance when denied by a head at the course on firm going in May.

Whatever It Takes, Top Of The Charts and local hope Back To Bataan make most appeal in the Kerry Foods Hurdle.

Whatever It Takes is a five-time winner and Back To Bataan was a good second last time at Sligo however the Gavin Cromwell trained Top Of The Charts, having won two of his last three efforts, just gets the vote. 

Just seven are due to start in the concluding bumper for mares with a trio already winners and Snegurochka having opened her account at the track in June. Champion amateur Patrick Mullins partners Above The City however Finny Maguire is an eye-catching booking for the Jessica Harrington trained newcomer Jelona and, getting all allowances, can offer the value bet.   

TONIGHT'S DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 4.35 Global Freedom 5.10 Iamastartoo 5.40 Myladyrose 6.10 Weilnacts 6.40 Mine Now 7.10 Top Of The Charts 7.40 Jelona

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