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Monday 18 December 2017

Shark attacks Bobbyjo with his Alfa

THIS weekend, a mix of Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Grand National entries head the Grade Two Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Shark Hanlon's Aintree Grand National hopeful Alfa Beat heads the line-up for the At The Races-sponsored 3m1f contest, which has attracted 13 entries.

The 2009 winner, Black Apalachi, whose allotted Grand National weight was branded a "disgrace" by his trainer, is joined in the race by last year's winner, The Midnight Club, for Willie Mullins.

Mullins' facile Thyestes Chase winner, On His Own, is joined by other stable companions Prince De Beauchene and Quiscover Fontaine. The ever-improving Seabass (pictured) also holds an entry for Ted Walsh, while Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel is expected to line up having been ruled out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Fairyhouse begin on Saturday with the Grade Two Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle which is set to feature the debut over hurdles of Minsk, Barry Connell's high-profile purchase from the John Oxx yard.

The three-time winner on the level for Oxx hasn't been seen since October, but has been reported to have schooled well over hurdles.

Despite yet to have a contest over such obstacles, he remains a leading contender in the betting for the Triumph Hurdle next month.

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