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Saturday 24 August 2019

Back Gigginstown for a double

Soldier At War
Soldier At War

Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud team had no joy at Royal Ascot yesterday with Mengli Khan but at Wexford the famous maroon colours can record a double.

Jack Kennedy missed Sunday after a fall at Downpatrick on Saturday, while Russell had to give up his engagements due to a vomiting bug but both can return with a winner each this evening.

Gordon Elliott trains both SOLDIER AT WAR (6.30, Wexford), and MORGAN (7.30, Wexford) and while neither would be considered on either Elliott or O'Leary's 'A team' they do look to have found suitable opportunities this evening.

There is a big turn out for the BoyleSports Novice Hurdle but Solider At War looks the pick of the dozen runners after a very good run behind the talented Stratum at Ballinrobe last time out.

Morgan was also seen last at Ballinrobe and also took minor honours behind a classy Willie Mullins inmate.

The seven-year-old was fourth behind Wicklow Brave having failed to complete both starts before that.

A clear round here should see him open his account in the BoyleSports Beginners Chase.

Fancy

Elsewhere, Elliott and Russell will fancy their chances with Sunday's winner Song Of Namibia but a chance is taken on BUTTONS AND BOWS (7.00, Wexford) to win this for Pat Flynn and Darragh O'Keeffe.

Buttons and Bows went close last time out and can go one better here for a trainer that is in form.

There could be a couple of local winners to start the card with the Paul Nolan-trained POSITIVE OUTLOOK (5.30, Wexford) in the first division of the Loch Garman Mares Maiden Hurdle, while Colin Bowe's CUSHINSTOWN FINEST (6.00, Wexford) gets the nod in the second division.

Sean O'Keeffe rides Positive Outlook and the promising 7lb claimer later teams up with Cork-based trainer Robert Tyner and DUNDEEDY LAD (8.00, Wexford) in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase.

WEXFORD TODAY

5.30 Positive Outlook

6.00 Cushinstown Finest

6.30 Soldier At War

7.00 Buttons And Bows

7.30 Morgan

8.00 Dundeedy Lad

8.30 Churchtown Glen

9.00 Robaddan

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