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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien: won three Champion Hurdles with the great Istabraq

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O'Brien turns clock back with bumper runners

AIDAN O'BRIEN, one of the world's leading Flat trainers, has his first jumps runners for more than eight years at Punchestown on Wednesday.

O'Brien, who captured his third Derby when Camelot triumphed last year, runs two in the bumper and is no stranger to success in jump racing having saddled the great Istabraq to win three Champion Hurdles.

Egyptian Warrior, bred and owned by O'Brien's wife Annemarie, looks the stable's first string on jockey bookings with the trainer's daughter Sarah on board.

He is a brother to O'Brien's leading Classic contender Kingsbarns, while Shield also runs in the colours of Annemarie O'Brien. Kate Harrington, daughter of trainer Jessica, takes the ride on him.

Swnymor, who looked the likely winner of the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle until falling at the last at Chepstow, bids to get back on track at Doncaster.

Victory would put him in line for a crack at the JCB Triumph Hurdle, while plenty of other Cheltenham clues could be on offer on Doncaster's card.

Cheltenian, the Champion Bumper winner in 2011, has his first start since then in the novice hurdle in which he faces Valdez, Minella Forfitness and New Year's Eve who are all engaged at the festival.

There is also jump racing at Ludlow and all-weather action at Lingfield and Kempton on Wednesday.

Punchestown soft to heavy, heavy in places
Doncaster good, good to soft in places
Ludlow soft
Lingfield standard
Kempton standard

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