punchestown 8th May
Some of the chases that fell foul of the weather at the Punchestown Festival have been rearranged for Tuesday's card at the Kildare circuit, most notably the valuable Aon Handicap Chase.
Call The Police drops back into this company after failing to live with Flemenstar last time, whereas Gala Dancer steps up in grade after making it three wins from his last four starts at Clonmel.
Foildubh tops the weights after winning here last month, but the one they will all have to be wary of is Ninetieth Minute, who fell in the Irish National but had previously shown his well-being when scoring by 18 lengths at Fairyhouse.
The "3" Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase provides able support and sees classy novice Frisco Depot bid to atone for his fall behind Sir Des Champs at the Festival.
Top weight won't make life easy, though, especially with Ballinrobe winner Corskeagh Royale and Fairyhouse scorer Mister Farmer lurking at the other end of the handicap.
Raptor wasn't beaten far by Foildubh at the Festival meeting and returns for the Coleman Tunnelling Ireland, U.K. And Africa Handicap Chase.
Willie Mullins' charge has to give weight to an in-form Senior Again, though, which may not prove the easiest thing to do.
Slieveardagh bids to follow up a recent success in the Madra Irish Dog Food Chase, but he meets False Economy, whose latest third over fences came behind Flemenstar in Grade One company.
The meeting gets under way at 4.50 with the Dobbins Food Hall Maiden Hurdle, where Knocklong bids to open his account over timber at the first time of asking.
Are Ya Right Chief is finding a first hurdling success hard to come by but could strike in the Kids Go Free Maiden Hurdle, while the market may be the best guide in the O'Reilly Recruitment (Pro-Am) Flat Race, though Mellifont Abbey, a full-brother to Phoenix Reach, is interesting.
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