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Winters full of hope for Bill

Michael Winters is confident his prolific mare For Bill will give another good account of herself in the Ask & Getaway Coolmore NH Sires EBF Novice Chase at Thurles.

The eight-year-old has won seven of her 10 starts under Rules and was most impressive when opening her account over fences at this track a fortnight ago.

She steps back up to Graded company, but Winters believes his star turn could not be in better form.

"I think she's at her peak and it will be a very interesting race as there are a lot of good horses in it. They should go a good gallop and the ground is right, so with a bit of luck, we should be fighting it out," said Winters.

"She has only had two runs over fences, which isn't a lot, but she has won a couple of point-to-points.

"She was a bit rusty on her first run of the season but she was good at Thurles last time and we're very happy with her.

"We have a bit to find with Blazing Tempo on the run at Clonmel, but we're getting 8lb off her this time."

Unbeaten chaser Blazing Tempo is one of two runners for Willie Mullins, with the champion trainer also set to saddle Morning Supreme.


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