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Thursday 19 October 2017

Europe set to take on some new territory

The home of jump racing resumes normal service on Wednesday and Thursday with Punchestown hosting their first meeting after a summer break. And with massive entries received over the two days, the action should resume where it left off.

Wednesday sees Colm Murphy with his classy mare, Voler La Vedette, in line for a seasonal debut in the listed Grabel Mares Hurdle, while there are interesting entries in both the maiden hurdle and beginners chase.

On Thursday there are three high quality Grade Threes for punters to look forward to.

Course specialist Luska Lad looks set to make his seasonal bow and a first step out of novice company for Shark Hanlon, while in the 2m7f Star Chase, Sizing Europe is pitched into new territory when the Arkle winner is stepped up in trip as plans are made for his seasonal targets.

Recent Gowran Park winner China Rock is set to turn out again for Mouse Morris while Noel Meade's Pandorama and Jandali could also oppose the Cheltenham Festival hero.

Sizing Europe's trainer Henry de Bromhead will be looking for a Grade Three treble with Loosen My Load the likely favourite for the Buck House Novice Chase where Head Of The Posse and Realt Dubh will be the prime opposition.

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