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Eduard can prove ready for ryanair

Plenty to get excited about at Carlisle, where the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase will grab plenty of attention and is fancied to go the way of the Nicky Richards-trained Eduard.

The Listed event is gaining popularity as a starting point for high-class types, and that is perfectly illustrated this year as Jonjo O'Neill takes the wraps off leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Holywell, who it is fair to say was a surprise package last season.

With the assistance of Tony McCoy, Holywell will rightly have his supporters, but he has a long season ahead and might have it to do against the Richards runner at this trip of two and a half miles.

Richards is likely to have the Ryanair Chase at the back of his mind for Eduard, who is the apple of his eye and made the perfect step up to this distance when claiming Grade Two honours at Aintree in the spring. He won with some style from Valdez, who is a talented animal in his own right and one we have yet to truly see the best of.

Eduard's only previous try beyond two miles suggested he might not stay, but that was over hurdles and since going chasing he has looked much improved. Twice a career scorer at Carlisle, and with three wins from four starts over the bigger obstacles, big-race dreams look perfectly justified.

O'Neill can, however, start the day in winning form as Bandit Country should take the beating in the Celebration Of Paul Crozier's Life Novices Hurdle.

Winner of his debut in a bumper at Market Rasen, he was twice turned over at odds on after that, leaving one or two question marks.

But his first try at hurdling was full of promise, just having to give best to Relentless Dreamer, who is no mug and ran in the Persian War subsequently.

The O'Neill runner can be expected to have come on quite a bit for that, in terms of both fitness and experience.

Chris Pea Green should go well in the Michael Quinlan Memorial Novices' Chase at Huntingdon.

Having finished a close third in the National Spirit Hurdle over two and a half miles at Fontwell in February, trainer Gary Moore's decision to try his inmate at that distance over fences looks a calculated risk.


ASCOT: 12.40 Lightentertainment, 1.15 Our Kaempfer, 1.45 Garrahalish, 2.20 Next Sensation, 3.00 Kilcooley, 3.35 Roalco De Farges, 4.05 Thecorruptor.

AYR: 1.05 Alizee De Janeiro, 1.40 Ballycool, 2.15 Top Billing, 2.50 Strike Fast, 3.25 Authinger, 4.00 Fisher, 4.30 Peters Grey.

DOWN ROYAL: 12.45 Tarabiyn, 1.20 Klinnsman, 1.55 Art Of Payroll, 2.30 Boston Bob, 3.05 Don Cossack, 3.40 Vasco Du Mee, 4.10 Belle Of The Moor.

NEWMARKET: 12.20 Colour Party, 12.50 Shadow Rock, 1.25 Irish Rookie, 2.00 Bancnuanaheireann, 2.35 Sudden Wonder, 3.10 Bronze Angel, 3.45 Jammy Guest, 4.15 Tiger Jim.

WETHERBY: 12.55 Taj Badalandabad, 1.30 Pair Of Jacks , 2.05 Aurore D'Estruval, 2.40 At Fishers Cross, 3.15 DOUBLE ROSS (NAP), 3.50 Shadarpour. 4.20 Doing Fine.

DOUBLE: Double Ross and Roalco De Farges.


CARLISLE: 1.00 Bandit Country, 1.30 Warden Hill, 2.05 Obistar, 2.35 Orange Nassau, 3.10 Hit The Top, 3.45 EDUARD (NAP), 4.15 Bleu Et Or.

CORK: 1.10 First Warning, 1.40 Ask Vic, 2.10 Red Road, 2.45 Perfect Gentleman, 3.20 Ipsos Du Berlais, 3.50 Push The Button, 4.20 Presavita.

HUNTINGDON: 12.45 Ravenous, 1.15 Chris Pea Green, 1.50 Arrayan, 2.20 Topthorn, 2.55 Too Much Too Soon, 3.30 Flash Crash, 4.00 Towering.

NAAS: 12.55 Utmost Zeal, 1.25 Felix Yonger, 1.55 Taglietelle, 2.30 Minella Foru, 3.00 Abolitionist, 3.35 Sizing Australia, 4.05 Mick Spadoun.

DOUBLE: Eduard and Bandit Country.