Exciting Demi Sang chasing third win over fences on Irish debut
Bought by JP McManus after winning two chases at Auteuil in September, Demi Sang makes his Irish debut in the four-runner novice chase (1.15) in which he faces three rivals including Avenir D'Une Vie.
Willie Mullins, trainer of the five-year-old, said: "Demi Sang is a nice addition to the team. He's a slick jumper and we're looking forward to starting him off.
"He's won both his chases and also won over hurdles in France and is a nice type."
The five-year-old gave rider Eric Roche his first win when scoring at Down Royal and he will be claiming 4lb on the Gordon Elliott-trained son of Halling.
"Cubomania came out of his Tramore win well. He's gone up in the ratings but he's in good form and, with a bit of luck, he should be there or thereabouts," Elliott said.
Famous silks return
Asthuria – who carries the blue and green colours of George Creighton, which were made famous by record-breaker Hurricane Fly – will be bidding to get off the mark over fences at the second attempt in the 2m mares beginners' chase (2.50).
A three-time winner over hurdles, the seven-year-old finished second on her debut over fences at Thurles in November and her trainer Willie Mullins is expecting an improved performance from Paul Townend's mount.
Mullins said: "Asthuria ran a good race at Thurles and is in good form. We think she has improved since that first run over fences."