Blow By Blow
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Grade One bumper winner Blow By Blow makes his long-awaited debut over hurdles at Fairyhouse on Wednesday.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding won three bumpers for Willie Mullins in 2016, culminating in success at Punchestown.
Having switched to Gordon Elliott last season, he failed to make the track after suffering a small chip in his knee.
The Cullentra handler sees the son of Robin Des Champs as a staying prospect but he starts out over the minimum trip in the Christmas Parties at Fairyhouse December 16th Maiden Hurdle.
His main rival would appear to be Mind's Eye, who chased home another Elliott-trained potential star in Samcro last time.
The Stowaway gelding has the benefit of a recent run so Henry de Bromhead's charge could make the returning Blow By Blow work for victory.
Elliott could be set for another profitable day, with a few leading contenders on the card.
Monkshood, another Gigginstown gelding, bids to follow up his Downpatrick success last month in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle.
The five-year-old drops back a couple of furlongs from his comeback win but looks a progressive sort and connections will be hoping he can continue on an upward curve.
Minella Beau sets the standard in the two-and-a-half-mile contest with an official rating of 129.
Willie Mullins' charge also drops back in trip having chased home Moyross over three miles at Cork last month.
The Closutton handler will be hoping to strike in the earlier beginners chase with Cap D'Aubois.
Rich Ricci's gelding gave Death Duty a scare in Tipperary last month and doesn't look to face anything of that calibre now.