He’llberemembered in good form for repeat bid
Carrickmines Handicap Chase (Grade B) | 2m5f, 5yo+ | ATR
THE versatile He'llberemembered, winner of both his chase starts at the track, will be attempting to land this handicap for the second consecutive time.
The Paul Fahey-trained 11-year-old, with whom Shane Butler has struck up a good partnership, will be renewing rivalry with Daring Article, who was half a length behind him in second when they met in the Leopardstown Handicap Chase over the same trip in January.
The 13-runner line-up includes four Crabbie's Grand National entries - Colbert Station (who heads the weights here), Double Seven, Home Farm and Last Time D'Albain.
Arthur Moore, trainer of Home Farm, last year's Irish Grand National third, and Pass The Hat, has sent out two winners of this event in the past six years. He was last successful in 2010 with Stewarts House in the maroon and white colours of the Jones family, owners of Home Farm.
Three for JP
JP McManus, whose colours were last carried to victory in this race by Carrigmartin three years ago, is three-handed with Colbert Station (the mount of Tony McCoy), Double Seven and Knocklong.
Colbert Station, who had his biggest day when landing the 3m Paddy Power Handicap Chase here last season, is a three-time course winner who will be attempting to bounce back from a disappointing run behind He'llberemembered, the only other course winner in the line-up, here in January.
Back from breaks
The Martin Brassil-trained Double Seven, who won five chases in a row between June and October, is making his first appearance since completing that five-timer at Wexford. Last Time D'Albain, third to Colbert Station in the 2012 Paddy Power Handicap Chase and also third in last year's Topham Trophy, has not run since November.
What they say
Ted Walsh, trainer of Colbert Station
He disappointed last time when he finished the race poorly. He seems in good form, so we're hoping for a better run over a course where he's won three times.
Arthur Moore, trainer of Home Farm
He's quite forward, the trip should be okay and we're looking forward to a big run.
Paul Fahey, trainer of He'llberemembered
He's gone up 6lb since winning the Leopardstown Chase but the second horse [Daring Article] has gone up 4lb, so there should be little between them again. He likes the place, won this race last year and is going there in good form.
Liam Cusack, trainer of Last Time D'Albain
He had a foot problem a while back but is now in good form. His coat is good and the nicer ground will be a help. We're hoping for a good run.
Robert Tyner, trainer of Daring Article
The better ground should suit him and, if he runs as well as he did when second in the Leopardstown Chase, he should be thereabouts.
James Nash, trainer of Your Busy
It looks a very hot contest, but the ground is coming right for him and he's in with a low weight. It's a good pot, so we're taking our chance.
Leopardstown yielding, soft in places (good to yielding on last two furlongs of hurdles course)
Huntingdon soft, heavy in places
Today's key pointer
David Pipe and Tom Scudamore are 5-15 in handicap hurdles at Huntingdon since 2007. They team up with Thomas Junior (3.00)
Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive