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Peace dividend for Davy at Down Royal


By Ron McKnight

Peace News with Davy Russell aboard, the jockey having claimed his third Champion Jumps jockey title last week, can land the Beginners Chase at Down Royal today.

The Henry De Bromhead high-class hurdler tackles fences for the first time but excellent jumping is a trademark of the trainer's chasers.

Despite being rated considerably lower over hurdle, Stowaway Forever can supply the danger while Art Of Synergy from Noel Meade's in-form stable has place prospects.

The featured two mile chase is an open affair. Drumconnor Lad, Tout Est Permis and Gentleman Duke are the trio making most appeal. The first named has tackled top company as a novice and the locally owned runner could be on the upgrade.

The hunterchase is renamed the Peggy Hagan Memorial race and Chosen Dream would be the apt winner being formerly owned by the Ballyclare lady and runs today in her daughter's name. The selection finished second at Crumlin but the winner looked above average.

Eddie's Miracle holds Clondaw Frisby on the basis of their meeting at the course on St Patrick's Day and Sizing Rome holds place claims.

The opener, sponsored by bookmaker, Pat O'Hare attracts a maximum field. The improved ground conditions could enable the six times placed Judgement Day to open his account.

Big Ego, Court Tycoon and Curious Times provide alternatives to the likely favourite.

The Sean Graham Handicap Hurdle is another maximum field. Pretty Little Liar won on the all-weather at Dundalk last time and is the mount of Jack Kennedy. The locally trained, Castle Clyde has hinted at ability at the track a couple of times while Feeling The Love, Aston Cantlow and Ejayteekay also warrant consideration. The Jessica Harrington trained, Moonshine Bay ran well at Punchestown and can gain compensation in the conditions hurdle at the expense of The Conditional.

Exit Poll. Valley Breeze, Ronnoco and Jerandme form the shortlist in the finale with Banbridge jockey, Mark O'Hare, enjoying a purple patch, booked by Noel Meade for the mount.

SELECTIONS : 1.50 Judgement Day 2.25 Pretty Little Liar 3.00 Moonshine Bay 3.35 Peace News 4.10 Drumconnor Lad 4.45 Chosen Dream 5.20 Jerandme

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