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The winner First Lieutenant (2nd right) runs on from the final flight with Rock on Ruby (left) Oscars Well (2nd left) and So Young to win the 2m 5f novices hurdle Cheltenham 16.03.2011

Oscars Well (second left) makes a hash of the last at Cheltenham

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Harrington happy Oscars schooled well for debut

OSCARS WELL, the dual Grade 1-winning novice hurdler two seasons ago when fluffing the last at the Cheltenham Festival in a race he looked certain to win from First Lieutenant and Rock On Ruby, makes his chasing debut at Punchestown on Wednesday.

Highly tried last season in Grade 1 and 2 company, Oscars Well never showed the same sparkle when chasing home a string of talented 2m hurdlers before finishing sixth in the Champion Hurdle.

His trainer Jessica Harrington has decided to go novice chasing this year and starts Oscars Well off in the 12.45pm. She said: "He has so far schooled very well at home, Robbie [Power] is very happy with what he has done so far. We're starting him off over two miles and will feel our way from there with regards to the rest of the season."

Gordon Elliott's Plan A, fourth in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, runs in the same race while later on the same card two very exciting novices also make their chasing debuts.

Henry de Bromhead's unbeaten Buckers Bridge, a nine-and-a-half-length Punchestown bumper winner, skips a hurdling career to go straight over fences, where he'll face the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Grade 3 winner Sword Of Destiny in the 1.15pm.

At Haydock the former Michael Bell-trained Suraj, rated 97 on the Flat, makes his hurdling debut for Jonjo O'Neill in the 1.40pm, while on the Flat there is racing from Nottingham, Lingfield and Kempton.

Wednesday going reports
Soft to Heavy
Haydock Good to Soft
Kempton Standard
Lingfield Standard to Slow
Nottingham Soft, Good to Soft in places

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