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Tijuana targets bumper prize

Tony Martin is hopeful Tijuana Dancer can reverse recent placings with Prima Vista in the MCR Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Tijuana Dancer was beaten four and a half lengths by Prima Vista at the same track at the end of December but a big pull at the weights is giving the wily Martin cause for optimism ahead of this weekend's valuable handicap.

"He took his race well the last day. Noel Meade's horse beat him very comfortably but we're 15lb better off on Sunday, so hopefully he can turn it around," Martin told At The Races.

"It's on the inside track, which will suit him as it's a sharper track and we think our horse is a speed horse. Timmy Murphy rides him and Timmy knows Leopardstown well, but it will all be about luck in that race."

Meade knew Prima Vista had to win the Leopardstown contest to guarantee a run this weekend, but fears he may have overdone it with the ease of his triumph.

He said: "He has been in great form since he ran and everything has gone good with him.

"We've got into the race all right, but now we don't know how big the backpack is. He hasn't missed a beat since he ran and I've been very happy with him. He'll handle the ground fine."

Charlie Swan hopes track conditions do not become too testing for Prince Of Fire.

The trainer said: "He's in good form and hopefully we don't get too much rain or snow. He'd love the ground the way it is at the moment but with 26 runners, you need a bit of luck.

"He's been a bit disappointing over fences as he's been jumping a little bit low. He didn't run that many times over hurdles, but he showed some good form, so we'll see. AP (McCoy) is coming over to ride him as well, which is always a plus."


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