Preview Wexford 20th Nov

Mon 19th Nov 2012, 12:50

Lord Of Lords was a late withdrawal at Clonmel last week and now goes for the Slaney Maiden Hurdle, which kicks off Wexford's seven-race card at 12.55 on Tuesday.

Edward O'Grady's five-year-old created a strong impression when demolishing his rivals on his debut in a Navan bumper, since when he has been snapped up by leading owner Thomas Barr.

He has 12 opponents to contend with here, and Fairy Court is possibly his biggest threat after making the frame in a couple of hurdles this autumn.

O'Grady has decided to switch Pur Style to the bigger obstacles and the French import gets a handy weight allowance in the Hook Mares Beginners Chase.

There is a Cheltenham Festival winner on show as Foxhunter hero Salsify reappears in the Rosslare Hunters Chase.

Rodger Sweeney's charge was last seen collecting a decent prize at Stratford in June so lacks the recent point-to-point runs of Tammys Hill, Merchant Royal and Goonyella.

Willie Mullins' bumper team has been a bit hit-and-miss of late but Suntiep hails from the family of Pomme Tiepy and will have his supporters on his introduction in the Enniscorthy INH Flat Race.

The champion trainer will also have high hopes for Reine Angevine in the Saltees Island Mares Novice Hurdle.

The Gowran Park winner has her work cut out to better recent Grade Three runner-up Thynetocatcher, though, and Spring Hawk will also provide stern resistance, having made the frame on her return to the NH sphere at this venue.

Ciarans Oscar produced significant improvement at the same meeting and attempts to prove that was no fluke in the Mount Leinster Maiden Hurdle.

Marshim actually won on that card and, while he has been beaten twice since, he still commands plenty of respect when he lines up in the Gorey Handicap Hurdle.

Newcastle a possibility for Go Native

Noel Meade has not totally ruled out a crack at Newcastle's Fighting Fifth Hurdle with Go Native despite his fall at Punchestown yesterday..