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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Leopardstown feast on cards

LEOPARDSTOWN, on February 12, has a feast of racing on offer with four Grade Ones to entice race-goers.

The entries for the Hennessy Gold Cup were released last week, with the likes of Synchronised, Quito De La Roque and Jessies Dream engaged.

Now the list of possibles for the Spring Juvenile Hurdle, the Deloitte Novice Hurdle and the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase have been made public.

Dessie Hughes has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Minsk, his high-profile recruit off the level from John Oxx and he could make his debut in a Grade One, the Spring Juvenile.

The Jim Culloty-trained Lord Windermere is a possible in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle. Willie Mullins is well represented with the likes of Boston Bob, Allure Of Illusion, Make Your Mark, Sous Les Cieux and Midnight Game.

And Cash And Go, Il Fenomeno, Monksland and Sizing Symphony are also entered.

Staying Article heads hurdle field

Edward O'Grady's Staying Article heads a field of 34 at the confirmation stage for the Boylesports.com Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Willie Mullins is mob-handed with five entries -- though Blazing Tempo is highly unlikely to take her chance following her victory in the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Leading fancies include the ante-post favourite Scottish Boogie, trained by Charles Byrnes, Gordon Elliott's Plan A, Adrian Murray's Cass Bligh and the Jessica Harrington-trained Citizenship.

Robert Tyner reports Askthemaster is ready to return to the fray after winning a 12-runner handicap hurdle at the Dublin track on St Stephen's Day.

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