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The form of LA BELLA VIDA's gritty Thurles success over Magic Of Light took a big boost when the latter came out and fairly bolted up next time and, with J J Slevin's valuable claim helping to ease the burden of top weight, she gets the vote to follow up. Blast Of Koeman is entitled to improve for his chasing/seasonal reappearance at Cork and can take closer order in this, while unexposed Fit To Be Tied is a fascinating player on his fencing bow.
Prediction: 1st La Bella Vida, 2nd Blast Of Koeman, 3rd Fit To Be Tied
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Dual hurdles scorer CAP D'AUBOIS made a fantastic start to his chasing career when three-parts of a length second behind subsequent Grade 3 scorer Death Duty at Tipperary and, with normal improvement expected, he looks sure to take all the beating. Champoleon represents a Noel Meade stable that have started the new season in tremendous form and certainly wasn't disgraced behind impressive winner Presenting Percy at Galway. He could interest those looking at the 'without the favourite' market while fencing newcomer Woods Well also has place credentials.
Prediction: 1st Cap Daubois, 2nd Champoleon, 3rd Woods Well
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Witness Of Fashion (first) marginally got the better of The Bay Birch (third) over 2m5f here recently but the younger horse might be able to reverse placings today, while Tomcoole Lad was better fancied than both when getting no further than the first that day (unseated jockey) and he's worth another chance. Moonlone Lane is worth a market check at least on his first start since winning at Down Royal 11 months ago but DINNIE'S VINNIE shades the verdict. He has won twice and placed twice on his last four starts and another bold bid looks assured.
Prediction: 1st Dinnies Vinnie, 2nd The Bay Birch, 3rd Tomcoole Lad
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It's fantastic to see 2016 Punchestown Champion Bumper scorer BLOW BY BLOW finally make it back to the track and, with a safe round of jumping on his hurdling debut, he should prove a class above these rivals. Quick Grabim was no mug in the bumper sphere, either, and it will be fascinating to see how he fares on his first start for Willie Mullins (previously trained by Robbie McNamara), while the consistent Mind's Eye holds solid each-way claims.
Prediction: 1st Blow By Blow, 2nd Quick Grabim, 3rd Minds Eye
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Osco Mosco has already been handed plenty of chances in this sphere, but does have first-time cheekpieces and faces the weakest company that she has faced so far over the sticks. Moyhenna fell short against two potentially classy mares' at Wexford last month and should appreciate these calmer shores on hurdles debut, but preference is for A HARDY NAILER. The selection looked in need of her first run for seven months last time out and won't get too many better chances than this to open the account.
Prediction: 1st A Hardy Nailer, 2nd Osco Mosco, 3rd Moyhenna
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MONKSHOOD got the job done in fine style in a maiden at Downpatrick four weeks ago and looks tough to oppose now tackling novice company. Stretching on in fine style under Jack Kennedy, the five-year-old looks poised to make up into a fine chaser given time but can continue his progress in this sphere beforehand. Minella Beau is talented but not the easiest to win with, while Aeglos looked to need the run at Galway 16 days ago and should do much better here.
Prediction: 1st Monkshood, 2nd Aeglos, 3rd Minella Beau
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THE CHURCH GATE knuckled down well and looked suited by first-time cheekpieces at Wexford last month when third and can confirm the promise of that run with another solid effort here in a winnable race. Goodthynemilan has his first run for Gordon Elliott and the booking of Davy Russell looks a key pointer towards his prospects, while Cottonvale has been dropped a 1lb for his latest sixth and has a first-time hood for connections this time.
Prediction: 1st The Church Gate, 2nd Goodthynemilan, 3rd Cottonvale
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Come Home Quick didn't beat the best of fields at Wexford last time out and doesn't look to be the easiest of rides, while Padraic O Conaire was third in a competitive heat at Galway last time out and the booking of Paul Townend looks noteworthy towards his prospects. It could be worth taking a chance on BRAIZE, who warmed up for this with an easy win between the flags last month and represents a handler who is 2-4 with his runners at this venue in recent years.
Prediction: 1st Braize, 2nd Padraic O Conaire, 3rd Glenabo Bridge