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HORANTZAU D’AIRY won a first bumper at Fontainebleau in September last year for Hugo Merienne, despite very hard traction, and there is obvious interest in joining Willie Mullins. He has a long absence to overcome on his hurdling debut, but fitness is rarely an issue for horses from this powerful court. Mullins, whose horses are in superb condition today, won this last year with Gaillard du Mesnil.
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The little run PRIEURE PARK showed much improved form on his second start at a handicap firm at Thurles last month, winning with more in hand than the three-quarter margin would suggest.
Mark Walsh didn’t have to be serious with Priory Park, who took the lead after pecking on the landing after the last one, but got up in the final 50 yards to comfortably win. The form of this contest has already started to work well and the unexposed Priory Park can challenge an 8 pound weight gain.
Ardhill is the first substitute and needs one to come out, but he’ll be a big player if he manages to run. He was an extremely impressive handicap hurdle winner at Ascot 10 days ago, mocking his handicap mark. A 13 pound increase in weight may not be enough to stop it if it is in a similar form. He looked far ahead of the handicapper at Ascot.
If Ardhill fails to make the cut A beautiful view seems worth it to side with. He’s on a losing run dating back to 2018, but the handicapper gave him a chance and ran well when he finished second at Navan a few weeks ago. He is ready to make a big impact from his current brand.
FLOOR DOOR came as a little surprise when landing this race last season, but he showed there was no luck in performance by repeating prominent successful tactics in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Flooring Porter was a disappointment at the Punchestown Festival, where he was pulled over after running too briskly and failed to impress with his jumps. However, he likely would have made a winning comeback at Navan last month if he hadn’t fallen to the second to last while he was still ahead and doing well. Encouragement can be taken from the strength with which he went through that race in Navan until he left, and he can get some compensation here.
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SEE YOU LATER won the Savills Chase 12 months ago and can follow last year’s victory. He stayed solidly to beat Kemboy by half length, heralding his arrival on the remaining stage, and he then put in an even better performance in defeat as he chased home teammate Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A Plus Tard, who is still only seven years old, was hugely impressive in easily winning Betfair Chase when he reappeared last month and he may prove to be a cut above his rivals.
FIELD GALOPIN initially fell short of expectations after joining Willie Mullins, suffering short-term losses in his first two starts, but he was in full swing in the spring and strung an immediate victory in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle in Cheltenham with a 12- long-lasting success in a 1st year business in Punchestown. These performances identify Galopin des Champs as one of the most exciting prospects for novice hunters this season, and he can get off to a winning start on the fences.
REDEMPTION DAY, a £ 40,000 purchase at the age of two, came from a half-sister to Champion winner Bumper Cheltenian and made an obvious appeal on paper ahead of her debut for Willie Mullins. Mullins, who won this race last year, has a formidable bumper record and is operating at a strike rate of around 35% in such events at Leopardstown over the past five seasons.
12:00 Horantzau d’Airy
12:35 Priory Park
13:45 Floor doorman
14:20 See you later
14:55 Galopin des Champs
3:30 p.m. Redemption day
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