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Top tip: Rashaan is bidding for repeat victory at Down Royal
Top tip: Rashaan is bidding for repeat victory at Down Royal

By Ron McKnight

The Ulster racing fixture list is like buses - a dual Downpatrick fixture last weekend and the two-day Ulster Derby meeting at Down Royal this weekend with several blank months during the season.

The Tote Hurdle has produced several notable winners and Rashaan - winner of the race in 2017 - can gain a repeat victory.

Gordon Elliott supplies half the field and Daryl Jacob travels from Britain to partner a couple of runners owned by football agents Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Jacob is aboard the Elliott-trained Borice while Davy Russell partners Road To Dubai.

The West's Awake could prove the main danger.

Dromore Lad, The Red Menace, Mighty Stowaway and Dragon Houdini form the short list in the most valuable race of the night, the Apple Recruitment Hurdle.

The first named, carrying top weight, hinted at a return to form last time while The Red Menace was denied by a head at Punchestown last week.

Dragon Houdini gets an each way vote in a complex contest following a solid effort at Navan.

Rachael Blackmore was back in the winner's circle at Downpatrick following injury and can score in the opener aboard Havingagoodtime, trained by Henry De Bromhead with his team in top form and a hat-trick last Sunday.

The unbeaten Run For Mary, representing trainer Charles Byrnes and jockey Davy Russell, looks the one to beat with Make My Heart Fly a threat.

All For Nothing, Mam Trasna and The Second Coming hold the best form claims in the maiden hurdle. The last named - locally owned and trained by Denis Hogan - gets the vote.

Gavin Cromwell is doubly represented in the handicap hurdle by Peaches And Cream and Bronson In Blue, the former getting the nod.

TONIGHT'S TOP TIPS: 5.45 Havingagoodtime 6.15 The Second Coming 6.50 Rashaan 7.20 Peaches And Cream 7.55 Dragon Houdini 8.30 Springsteen's Girl 9.00 Hallowed Star

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