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Hanlon sends seven strong team to Bangor

John 'Shark' Hanlon sends seven horses across to the Welsh venueJohn 'Shark' Hanlon sends seven horses across to the Welsh venue
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Rose In The Park is one of a seven-strong John 'Shark' Hanlon team making the journey across to Bangor on Saturday.

Successful on her sole point-to-point start at Borris when in the care of Sean Doyle, she since changed hands for 70,000 pounds.

A half-sister to Grade 1 winner Blow By Blow, the Walk In The Park five-year-old now carries the TJ McDonald colours made famous by Hewick and will be ridden by Brian Hughes.

Hughes and Hanlon again team-up with Dragon Rock in the opening Bangor On Dee Novices' Handicap Chase and with Camilla's Choice in the third.

The former, who won over flights at Tramore last summer when trained by Willie Mullins, will face just two rivals on what will be his second start for current connections.

Third and fourth on his last two outings at Ballinrobe, Master Player is the Hanlon representative in the tote.co.uk Bet 5 Get 20 National Hunt Maiden Hurdle.

Making his debut over flights, the six-year-old will be well-fancied to take what looks a weak affair, with Sean Bowen booked for the ride.

Bowen will be aboard Lakefield Flyer for the American Grand National winning handler in the Beck's Handicap Hurdle.

Successful at Downpatrick on his penultimate start, the 106-rated gelding looks to have every chance in what appears a competitive contest.

A field of 12 are set to take part in the Tote Supporting Racing With Pride Novices' Handicap Hurdle, with Bowen again called upon for the ride on 27 race maiden Mezyan.

The Co Carlow trainer also saddles Fireworks in this near two-and-a-half mile contest, while further Irish interest is provided by the Louise Lyons-trained En Avant.

About Donal Murphy
Donal graduated from Maynooth University in 2010 with a BBS in Equine Business and since attained a diploma in Sports Journalism from Dublin Business School. He holds a variety of roles in the horse racing industry, reporting for the Press Association and p2p.ie, while also working for SIS and the Tote. From Wexford, he is a keen runner and has completed over 100 parkruns at various locations around the country.