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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Top jumpers are emerging

Good entry list for Punchestown's first meeting

Gordon Elliott could be set to unleash some of his top winter horses over the next week with Triumph Hurdle winner Tiger Roll entered at Limerick on Sunday and Grade One winners Roi Du Mee and Don Cossack included at Punchestown next Thursday.

The Meath-based trainer did suffer horrible luck yesterday morning, however, as he revealed that Toner D'Oudairies suffered a fatal injury doing a routine canter.

The 10-time winner was only out of the money on eight of his 34 starts and Elliott said on his Facebook page: "Very saddened to say we lost a stable favourite, Toner D'Oudairies, on the gallops at home this morning. He was an absolute gentleman of a horse who gave us, Gigginstown, Davy Russell and Bryan Cooper some fantastic days."

Toner D'Oudairies would have been a likely entry for the Grade Three Chase at Punchestown next week in which Roi Du Mee and Don Cossack are entered alongside the JP McManus pair of Carlingford Lough and Alderwood and the Robbie Hennessy trained Rubi Light who is also among nine potential runners next Thursday.

The Grade Three Buck House Novice Chase sees the Willie Mullins trained Alelchi Inois - who is four from four since beginning over fences at Tramore back in May - head the line up in that particular contest.

The ground at Punchestown is unseasonably described as good, good to firm in places.

Meanwhile, Martin Brassil is eyeing up another crack at the Aintree Grand National with last seasons third Double Seven.

Brassil admitted; "We haven't really sorted out a plan this year, but if he goes over hurdles or fences first it wouldn't really matter as it's all the same to him.

"He's only eight, so you'd hope there'd be a fair bit more to come."

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