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Thursday 22 August 2019

Mrs Lovett can Run things now

Mrs Lovett. Photo: Racing Post
Mrs Lovett. Photo: Racing Post

This two-day Ballinrobe fixture has once again proven to be a little treat for fans of National Hunt racing.

Today is the big day at the Mayo venue with the McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase and the 16-runner field assembled is worthy of the €50,000 prize on offer.

Killarney winner Peregrine Run tops the weights for Peter Fahey but it is the Gordon Elliott-trained MRS LOVETT (8.00) who is expected to the turn the tables.

Mrs Lovett was third to Peregrine Run at Killarney in a Grade Three contest but gets a much nicer swing at the weights here and looks likely to be very competitive off a lovely racing weight.

Willie Mullins certainly didn't kick back and put the feet up when the season ended at Punchestown earlier this month and the champion trainer is responsible for two of the more interesting runners on the card today.

The high-class Flat performer STRATUM (5.30) is very well suited by the conditions of the McHale Pro Glide Hurdle and after a good run at Punchestown he should be able to return to winning ways.

Then in the McHale Tiger Roll Beginners Chase, named in honour of the 2016 winner of this race, Mullins starts WICKLOW BRAVE (7.30) off over fences.

The 10-year-old is a Punchestown Champion Hurdle winner and an Irish St Leger winner and now embarks on a career over the larger obstacles. It will be fascinating to see how he takes to it under champion jockey Paul Townend.

RISK FACTOR (8.30) makes his debut in the concluding McHale Orbital Flat Race and is a son of high-class mare Refinement.

BALLINROBE TODAY

5.30 Stratum

6.00 Abyssinian

6.30 Getaway Katie Mai

7.00 Tungsten Kid

7.30 Wicklow Brave

8.00 Mrs Lovett

8.30 Risk Factor

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