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Petuna out to follow up her Tipperary win over same distance

Petuna: has Bryan Cooper in the saddle for the first time
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6.25 Kilbeggan

Midlands National Ladies Day July 21 Handicap Hurdle | 4yo+ | 2m3½f | ATR

Maurice Phelan is optimistic Petuna will cope with the 8lb ratings rise she received for her win over the same trip at Tipperary last month when the seven-year-old faces nine rivals in the main event on an eight-race card.

Bryan Cooper teams up with Petuna for the first time as the versatile daughter of Aussie Rules bids for a fifth victory. Twice successful over hurdles, she has also won a bumper and a Flat maiden.

Phelan said on Sunday: "Petuna's in good form and the ground and the trip will suit her.

"She won well last time and, while she's gone up in the weights, we think she has a good chance of dealing with it."

Zig Zag, who represents Joseph O'Brien, is bidding for a second win over hurdles having finished runner-up on his last two starts.

O'Brien said of Jody McGarvey's mount: "He's been quite consistent and is in good form.

"He showed he gets the trip when narrowly beaten at Clonmel on his last outing in a handicap, so we're looking forward to a good run."

The Michael Bowe-trained Jaime Sommers is the only course winner in the line-up. The five-year-old won a 2m maiden at the track last year and has been placed over the course on her last two starts.

Lachares, a dual winner on soft ground in March, represents Ellmarie Holden and will attempt to atone for a disappointing effort on his handicap debut at Ballinrobe last month.

Arthur Moore runs Gentleman Duke, a three-time chase winner who will be having his first run over hurdles since October. Twice a winner over the smaller obstacles, the nine-year-old is rated 10lb lower than he is over fences.

The ground and the trip will suit her. She won well last time and, while she has gone up in the weights, we think she has a good chance
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