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Willie Mullins has spotted a nice opportunity for Turban on his return to action in the Premier Jump Weekend Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Wednesday.
The five-year-old didn't manage to get his head in front after making a successful debut at this time last year but he earned a rating of 141 thanks to solid efforts behind high-class performers Dedigout and Tofino Bay.
Harpsy Cord and Uncle Tom Cobley may be his chief opponents but, if they can't translate their useful chasing form back to the smaller obstacles, Killavalley and Shrapnel are progressive enough to trouble him.
Mullins unleashes a couple of interesting French imports, beginning with Blood Cotil in the opening Racegoers 25 Euro Package 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at 12.45.
The Enrique gelding has been snapped up by Rich Ricci since finishing third and fourth in a couple of Auteuil events and has Navan runner-up Casual Creeper to beat.
The champion trainer is also responsible for Twigline, who returns from a lengthy absence in the Fairyhouse Membership 2013 Maiden Hurdle.
Successful in the French provinces on her latest appearance back in May 2010, a proven ability to handle testing conditions will stand her in good stead against the likes of King Of The Refs and Akatara.
Mullins attempts to finally get a jumping win out of Champagne Agent in the Christmas Party Race Day On 15th December At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle and if he lets down his supporters again, the one to take advantage could be Henry de Bromhead's Shannon Spirit.
Silver Tassie has become costly to follow as well and strives to make it third-time lucky in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Flat Race, where Paul Nolan's well-regarded Defy Logic lies in wait.
Dactik landed a quickfire brace at this venue last month and goes for the hat-trick in the New Self Service Handicap Hurdle.
Top-class filly The Fugue will finish off her 2012 campaign in the Longines Hong Kong Vase on December 9 before remaining in training next year.