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De Bromhead hoping pair can challenge Briar Hill

Henry de Bromhead saddles Attribution and Three stars against Grade 1 winner Briar Hill
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1.45 Navan
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Klairon Davis Novice Chase (Grade 3) | 2m1f | 4yo+ | ATR

With Three Stars and Attribution representing him, Henry de Bromhead provides the main opposition to Briar Hill in this four-runner event named after Arthur Moore's dual Cheltenham Festival winner of the 1990s, whose Arkle Trophy and Queen Mother Champion Chase triumphs were among his 21 career victories.

Three Stars, a Grade 3 winner at the course as a novice hurdler last season, is two from four over fences and has to concede 6lb to his rivals.

De Bromhead said on Friday: "Three Stars ran quite well when third at Cheltenham last time when he was hampered when another horse of ours, Some Plan, fell at the second-last. He seems in good form and it's the same story with Attribution who ran well when third to Identity Thief at Punchestown last time."

Grand National-winning rider David Mullins teams up with Three Stars for the first time while Bryan Cooper partners the Gigginstown-owned Attribution, a winner of a 2m beginners chase at Naas last month, for the first time over fences.

Briar Hill, a dual Grade 1 winner in 2013 when he landed the bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and a two-runner novice hurdle over 2m4f at Navan, made a delayed start over fences during the summer when he lost out narrowly at the Galway festival before winning over 2m4½f at Killarney in August.

He represents Willie Mullins who believes Navan's demanding track will help the eight-year-old over a distance which is short of the optimum trip for Ruby Walsh's mount.


Mullins on his weekend runners


Completing the quartet is the Jim Culloty-trained It Came To Pass who will be racing for the first time outside hunter chase company. The six-year-old, the mount of Paul Townend, won a point-to-point and a maiden hunter chase at Limerick last season and was travelling well in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham in March when falling three out.

Three Stars seems in good form and it's the same story with Attribution who ran well when third to Identity Thief at Punchestown last time
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