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Rashaan can hit the jackpot in Down Royal hat-trick bid


Chances: Ruby Walsh. Photo: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Chances: Ruby Walsh. Photo: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Chances: Ruby Walsh. Photo: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Jumps action returns to Down Royal this evening and Rashaan is taken to gain a third course victory in the featured Kerry Foods Hurdle. The selection won at last year's Festival and followed up when winning at the track in June. The Willie Mullins-trained Cap D'Aubois with Ruby Walsh aboard looks the danger to Colin Kidd's runner.

Joseph O'Brien is doubly represented in the opening Coors Juvenile hurdle with Thomas O'Malley and Richard Strauss. Davy Russell takes the mount on the first named which finished runner up to his stable companion, Pronounced, at Ballinrobe.

Vision D'Ete fourth on his hurdling debut looks the danger, while the locally trained Elzaa is interesting on his jumps debut for Armagh trainer Adrian McAllister.

Court Artist, Delayed Eloquence, Osco Mosco, Payngo and Amarillo Rose form the short list in an open looking mares hurdle, and the last named could supply each way value and possible local success in the race.

The handicap hurdle attracts a maximum field. Bective Cave, Western Goose, Boytonrath and Specific Gravity all hold form claims but a chance is taken with the Edward O'Grady-trained Sackfullofdreams under former champion jockey Paul Townend.

King's War was a good second on his penultimate start while Mountain Rock and Blue Empyrean filled second and third at Downpatrick last time.

Ruby Walsh takes the mount on the O'Brien-trained Thermistocles while Bosco Di Alco and Creadan Grae are another pair with claims in a tricky Tayto Hurdle.

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True Self, representing Team Mullins, looks favourite to claim the concluding bumper. Newcomers April Serenade and Best Of Dubai could prove more of a danger than Dawn Shadow.

Down Royal tips: 4.35 Thomas O'Malley, 5.05 Amarillo Rose, 5.40 Sackfullofdreams, 6.10 King's War, 6.40 Rashaan, 7.10 Sir Ector, 7.40 True Self.

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