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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Roi will warm up for Aintree

Elliott trained Du Mee looking best placed to prevail in Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse

GRAND National entries ROI DU MEE and Spring Heeled will clash in an intriguing Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse this afternoon but it is the Gigginstown-owned and Gordon Elliott trained Grade One winner Roi Du Mee that is expected to score.

Elliott has always held the 10-year-old in high regard and he was last seen when winning a listed contest at Tramore and he is expected to maintain his winning ways despite having to concede a Grade One winners penalty of 7lbs in the race.

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Indeed, it could well be Liam Burke's My Murphy, who was second to Gold Cup hope Djakadam in the Thyestes Chase, that could pose the biggest threat to Roi Du Mee.

Elliott is picked to land the two graded races on this afternoons card as VERCINGETORIX looks capable of winning the juvenile hurdle.

An impressive winner at Limerick on debut, he was no match for Petite Parisienne in Grade One company but back on easier ground again and taking on Gwencily Berbas on his Irish debut and Lettre De Cachet who is still a maiden should leave the door open for Davy Condon's mount to oblige.

Liam Cusack has his team of horses in fine fettle at the moment and LAST TIME D'ALBAIN is worth a look in the Hunters Chase, while Willie Mullins is unlikely to leave without a winner and DOGORA in the beginners chase and An Dearg Mor in the last are the most likely to deliver.

At Naas tomorrow, Tim Doyle's Mallowney steps out of handicap company once again to contest the Grade Two Paddy Power Your Local Betting Shop Chase although he'll have to face Dial-A-Bet winner TWINLIGHT who has only managed to finish third on both outings since that Leopardstown Grade One. Mallowney is the likely favourite for the two-miler and rightly so as he couldn't have been more impressive when bolting up in handicap company last time out at Fairyhouse and in receipt of five-pounds from Twinlight, he should be able to take full advantage.

A number of the runners in the Grade Two novice hurdle hold entries at Cheltenham and a tentative vote is given to MAX DYNAMITE to give Willie Mullins a fourth win in five years in this race.

On official ratings Oliver McKiernan's Lean Araig is the top rated on 134 with All Hell Let Loose next best for Sandra Hughes but Max Dynamite appears to be the least exposed and although he didn't have the answer when asked a big question at Limerick at Christmas, the French import may yet be able to book his place at the Cheltenham Festival for one of the Grade One novice hurdles.

Only three runners will be going to post for the Paddy Power Late Night Shopping Bumper, two of the runners invovled are trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud with Tycoon Prince and Tombstone set to take on Up For Review for Willie Mullins in the colours of Andrea Wylie and Graham Wylie.

This is a really top class renewal despite the numerically low take up in numbers going to post and Up For Review couldn't have been more impressive when winning at Leopardstown at Christmas but TYCOON PRINCE is the mount of Nina Carberry and the one who is selected to cause a bit of a surprise on this occasion having himself really impressed when beating Royal Caviar by eight lengths at Fairyhouse in November.

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