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Sunday 21 January 2018

Laurina can bring French flair to Tramore

Persian Wind has been in good form of late. Pic: racingpost.com
Persian Wind has been in good form of late. Pic: racingpost.com

Tramore host their final fixture of the year this afternoon with a seven-race card scheduled for the Waterford seaside track and opening race favourite Laurina will be one of the most intriguing runners on the card.

Willie Mullins is no stranger to saddling high-rated types at Tramore and this latest French recruit will pitch up in the opening maiden hurdle with a couple of previous runs under her belt in France. With that experience, she should prove hard to beat.

Henry de Bromhead may be able to take the second of the two maiden hurdles on the card with Kilbrew Gold the most likely candidate to get the Champion Chase winning trainer into his most local winner's enclosure.

Trainer Philip Dempsey has already surpassed his best seasonal tally this term and we haven't even reached the turn of the year yet.

Of late, when teaming up with his son Luke, the duo have formed a pretty formidable partnership.

Persian Wind has been responsible for two successes for the team so far this season and the two-mile handicap hurdle would look a prime opportunity for the seven-year-old to win a third race this campaign.

A winner over fences at the end of last month, Persian Wind can exploit his much lower hurdle mark in what looks a modest contest.

Roja Dove was a winner at Gowran Park on the same day as Persian Wind a few weeks ago and she too can win again today despite getting a 9lb hike from the handicapper.

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