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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Polidam out to improve on disappointing Irish debut

Willie Mullins: hoping for another successful French raid
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4.25 Listowel
John J. Galvin Handicap Chase | 5yo+ | 2m3f | ATR

Having disappointed when favourite on his Irish debut at the Punchestown festival in April, Polidam gets the chance to add to the five victories he achieved when trained in France in this 16-runner handicap.

Those wins in France included two over fences and Willie Mullins, trainer of the eight-year-old, said yesterday: “Polidam made a bad mistake at Punchestown. It was his first time over Irish fences and it can take French horses time to adapt.

“Hopefully, he’ll jump better tomorrow. If he does then it should put him in with a good chance. He seems in good form.”

King’s Wharf, who completed a hat-trick for Mullins last summer, relishes good ground. He won on his first start for Gavin Cromwell when scoring by 23 lengths at Kelso last month after being left in front at the second-last fence.

“He’s gone up 7lb for his Kelso win and it’s hard to know what difference that will make, but he’s in good form and the ground and the trip will suit. Going left-handed suits him best, so we’re hoping for a good run," Cromwell said.

Peoples Park, who represents Tom Taaffe, will be seeking a third chase win having twice scored over 2m1f. Taaffe said of the eight-year-old: “He ran well when fourth at Punchestown last time and is in good form. With luck-in-running he should go well.”

The James Sheehan-trained Hurricane Ben, a four-time chase winner, heads the weights while Henry de Bromhead and Gordon Elliott are both double-handed.

The De Bromhead-trained pair, Deans Road and Killiney Court, are both returning from an 83-day absence while Turn Over Sivola and Cecil Corbett represent Elliott.

The most recent winner in the line-up is Ronava who scored by eight lengths, under today’s rider Rachael Blackmore, over hurdles at Ballinrobe a week ago.

Polidam made a bad mistake at Punchestown. It was his first time over Irish fences and it can take French horses time to adapt

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