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Well-regarded Spirit set for hurdles debut

SPIRIT OF SHANKLY, held in high regard by Charlie Longsdon, has the chance to prove his trainer's assessment is accurate when he makes his debut over hurdles at Kempton.

A two-time bumper winner, the son of Sulamani will be ridden by Noel Fehily when he tackles seven rivals in a William Hill-backed Listed contest.

"It's a good race but we need to find out how good he is," said Longsdon.

"I like the horse and I'd prefer he ran on nice good ground first time over hurdles. The ground at Kempton should be fine."

Kempton also hosts a fascinating 2m hurdle in which Brampour clashes with Get Me Out Of Here and Australia Day.

Bath races in Britain as well, while the action in Ireland comes from Cork and Naas.

Frankie Dettori will bid for Group 1 glory in Italy when he partners Godolphin's Retrieve in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano at San Siro.

Kempton good, good to soft in places on the lakeside bend
Bath soft, heavy in places
Cork yielding to soft over hurdles, soft on the chase course
Naas heavy, soft in places

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