Rufino bidding to follow up Tramore win off bottom weight
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Denied a Punchestown festival win last Thursday when his Runyon Rattler was beaten a nose in a handicap hurdle, Philip Rothwell is hoping that Rufino can follow up his win at Tramore last month.
Rufino made all for a two and three-quarter length triumph at Tramore and races off bottom weight on Tuesday, with Danny Mullins on board for the first time.
Rothwell said on Monday: "Rufino won well last time and is in very good form.
"He wouldn't want the ground too quick, but Ballinrobe always do a good job watering so that shouldn't be an issue."
The Mooch, a winner over the trip at Leopardstown two seasons back, is versatile in terms of distance.
The nine-year-old's trainer Paul Nolan said: "He hasn't won since Leopardstown in January of last year but he's been placed a few times and we're hoping the Ballinrobe track will suit him better than Tramore, where he disappointed last time."
Killer Crow, who represents Gordon Elliott, is another who will be attempting to end a long losing run.
The trainer said: "He's been disappointing and it's a long time since he won, but he's always had ability and we're just hoping he might show a bit more this time."
The Tony Martin-trained Oighear Dubh, Enda Bolger's William Du Berlais, who is returning from a long absence, and the David Broad-trained Definite Earl, a course winner over hurdles, are all running in a handicap for the first time.
Heading the weights is the Arthur Moore-trained Gentleman Duke, a three-time chase winner over this trip and a course winner over hurdles, who is making his first appearance since last year's Punchestown festival.