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Preswell Lad is likely winner in Downpatrick

By Ron McKnight

Preswell Lad, trained and partnered by Micky Butler, can complete a hat-trick in the Well Done Warne Handicap Chase at Downpatrick tonight.

The race marks the Brian Hamilton-trained Warne winning the Aintree Foxhunters last month with Sam Waley-Cohen aboard following his family's purchase of the horse ahead of the big race.

The jockey's father Robert Waley-Cohen, owner of 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run, then formed a syndicate which includes Charlie Fenwick who won the Aintree Grand National as an amateur on Ben Nevis in 1980.

The selection has been in good form, winning at the track before following up at Tramore, and if handling tonight's faster ground can score.

Butney Boy filled third in the Ulster National at Downpatrick in March – with the disqualified first past the post Unoccupied gaining compensation when winning last weekend – while the Oliver Brady-trained Duroob landed the 2012 Ulster National.

High Talk runs his best races at the course but Waltz Legend, trained in Newry by Liam Lennon, after finishing runner-up on similar ground at Killbeggan last month is the main danger.

Former champion jump jockey Paul Townend is a notable booking for the John Queally-trained Oscar Vespasian in the opener, while the highly rated Draycott Place looks the likely favourite and the Stuart Crawford-trained Solidago has multiple placed efforts to his credit.

Patrolman finished runner-up at the Maze on Bank Holiday Monday and could make amends in the handicap hurdle having had Shanroe Society and Beau Ballistic in fourth and fifth.

Catchin Time, with two recent placed efforts, is the danger.

Udo's Choice and the James Lambe-trained Jim Bowie make most appeal in the Tote Handicap Hurdle.

Jim Bowie is taken to score but Bank Bonus and One Cool Boy on his handicap debut warrant consideration.

In the next, the faster going will suit Over Church Road, trained beside the course by Brian Hamilton and holding solid form claims with Paul Townend booked.

Lisa's Legacy, with Danny Mullins on board, is another that will appreciate the good/firm ground and just gets preference.

Walden is another that enjoys a fast surface and the Ian Ferguson-trained runner should win the hunter chase.

The concluding bumper marks Pineau De Re's double of Ulster Grand National at the course last year prior to Aintree National glory last month.

Cut Loose, with solid placed form in bumpers, gets the vote.

Today's meeting marks Tote Ireland offering a full service of bets at Downpatrick with a guaranteed £20,000 for Pick 6, £15,000 for the Placepot and a Jackpot guarantee of £3,000.

TONIGHT'S DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 5.10 Oscar Vespasian 5.40 Patrolman 6.10 Jim Bowie 6.45 Lisa's Legacy 7.20 Preswell Lad 7.55 Walden 8.25 Cut Loose

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