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SHATTERED LOVE ran a race full of promise on her seasonal debut at Down Royal last month and the hugely likeable mare can step up to land the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown.
A dual scorer at the highest level last term, the highlight being her impressive victory in the JLT Chase at the Cheltenham festival. Gordon Elliott’s charge lost little in defeat when runner-up to race-fit Kerry National hero Snow Falcon on that recent reappearance and gave the impression she could come forward significantly with that outing behind her.
She missed what would have essentially been a penalty kick in mares’ company at Clonmel shortly afterwards due to unsuitable ground but there are unlikely to be any excuses on that score Sunday afternoon.
Of course, standing in her way is the formidable presence of Min, already proven in Grade 1 open company and who put up a couple of fantastic performances in defeat against Altior and Politologue in the spring. However, even though he is rated a stone superior the concession of 7lb to what is almost certain to be a positively ridden Shattered Love might just leave him vulnerable on his return to the fray, particularly over this 2m4f trip.
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