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It’s a big day for Galway trainer Pat Kelly as stable star Presenting Percy attempts to back up the deep impression he made on his recent debut over fences in Punchestown’s Florida Pearl Novice Chase, and LIZZIES CHAMP should also make a bold bid to strike for the yard in the 3m handicap hurdle at 2.50. Successful in a valuable contest at Killarney in August, the five year-old was having his first outing since then when fourth to Mon Lino in what was a better race than today’s at Galway last month. The first three that day all looked ahead of their marks, and it’s surprising to see Lizzies Champ such a big price back in shallower waters with the run behind him.
Kelly could have a major say in the bumper as well via SPEIRLING, who ran miles better than the bare facts suggest on his debut at the festival here in the spring. Racing keenly towards the rear that day, he covered a lot of ground on the wide outside yet still arrived travelling powerfully on the home turn before his earlier exertions took their toll. That contest is starting to work out very well, and with Katy Walsh booked the Hurricane Run gelding should put it up to favourite Rapid Escape if handling the testing ground.
CALINO D’AIRY might not be at the head of the market of the four who remain for the Craddockstown Novice Chase but I would be far from surprised were he to outpoint the more fancied Gordon Elliott’s duo. The French-bred wouldn’t have been in the same league as Brelade or Tombstone over hurdles but has taken very well to the larger obstacles and should be difficult to peg back if adopting his usual front-running role.
Gary's Best Bets (scale 1-5 points):
1pt win CALINO D’AIRY ( 7-2 Ladbrokes, Coral, Boylesports, 100-30 general - use *BOG firms )
1pt each way LIZZIES CHAMP ( 14-1 Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook, Betvictor, Boylesports, 12-1 general - use *BOG firms )
1pt each way SPEIRLING ( 11-2 Ladbrokes, Coral, Boylesports, Betvictor, 5-1 general - use *BOG firms )
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