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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Voler set to pull it out hatt'

Istabraq, Limestone Lad, Solerina, Danoli, Brave Inca, Hurricane Fly, Voler La Vedette, Moscow Flyer, Dorans Pride, Hardy Eustace, Newmill, Dunguib, Al Ferof, Pandorama, Like-A-Butterfly and In Compliance are just some of the horses that have won at this weekend's Fairyhouse meeting in previous years.

The fields for tomorrow's four Graded races are numerically deprived, but in terms of quality, there is bags of it on show as the three Grade One contests set the standard.

Voler La Vedette will aim to join the elite group of Istabraq, Limestone Lad and Solerina as she attempts to win a second Hatton's Grace Hurdle for Colm Murphy and Andrew Lynch.



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The eight-year-old faced just three rivals when beating Mourad 12 months ago and tomorrow will have just four opposing her as connections hope she can return to winning ways after a shock defeat in Navan's Lismullen Hurdle.

"Voler La Vedette came out of her Navan run well and it's all systems go for her," said Murphy. "There's not a bother on her and she's all set."

Despite previously beating Voler La Vedette, Zaidpour should find landing a second win over the eight-year-old more of an uphill task on this occasion and Monksland will be an interesting participant for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry as he continues to find his way outside of the novice ranks he did so well in last year.

A number of reputations will go on the line in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle as Willie Mullins tries to win it for a fourth time in five years, with Dunguib the only horse to break his winning sequence.

Mullins has three of the sextet who will contest the two-mile Grade One and they are headed by Champagne Fever, a winner at 1/8 on his only start over hurdles at Cork last month.

Ruby Walsh will partner the grey son of Stowaway for the first time in competitive action and challenging his top reputation from a glittering campaign in bumpers last year will be two-time hurdle winner Jezki and highly rated flat recruit Minsk.

It will be intriguing to see how Jezki and Minsk step up to the mark against Champagne Fever, who should relish the conditions and take an awful lot of beating.



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For novice chasers, the top three in the Drinmore Chase betting are all fairly lightly raced.

Favourite Dedigout finished second on his first two outings and has only been beaten once in his six since then, while the top horse Arvika Ligeonniere had an enforced absence due to injury.

The selection Buckers Bridge is also lightly raced, but has an unblemished record with four wins from four starts for Henry de Bromhead.

The progressive six-year-old has done everything right so far and can be expected to follow up his Punchestown beginners' chase win with a big scalp here with Andrew Lynch again onboard.

Ireland's crop of juvenile hurdlers doesn't appear the strongest again this season but four of the five runners in the Grade Three Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle are previous winners.

Our Conor was an impressive winner at Navan last time out but the nod is given to Charles O'Brien's Stocktons Wing who triumphed at Down Royal last time out and had a good run behind Top Man Michael prior to that.

The bumper to end the card is likely to throw up plenty of winners over time and Thomond gets a tentative vote for Noel Meade and Nina Carberry.

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