Meade mare faces 'tough task' in bid to beat the boys again
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Une Lavandiere, the sole mare in the line-up and the only runner in the seven-strong field to have scored over fences, will be attempting to follow up her half-length win over a two-furlong shorter trip at the Listowel festival.
The Noel Meade-trained six-year-old, the mount of Sean Flanagan, has to concede weight to her rivals, and her trainer said: “She came out of Listowel well but she has no mares’ allowance this time and has to give 4lb to all the others, so it will be a tough task.
“The more rain they get the better as she handles testing ground well.”
A Sizing Network will be attempting to end a series of seconds over fences and will be seeking a first chase win.
Placed on six of his 15 starts over fences, the Jessica Harrington-trained seven-year-old, who is often a front-runner, finished runner-up to Call The Taxie over 2m4f at Navan on Saturday.
Sir Abbot also brings plenty of experience to the race. Runner-up over hurdles at Kilbeggan last time, the Robert Tyner-trained eight-year-old has been placed on three of his ten chase starts and will be having his first run over fences for more than a year.
Tyner said: “Sir Abbot won his maiden hurdle at this course and ran quite well last time. He’s in good form and should handle the ground, as long as it doesn’t get too testing.”
Na Trachtalai Abu, third at Kilbeggan last month and a three-time winner over hurdles – twice at this trip – has been placed on five of his ten chase starts.
Five-time hurdles winner Cloudy Morning will be making his first appearance over fences since finishing third at this track in June.