Sir Erec among Spring Juvenile hopefuls

Thursday, Jan 10 2019

The Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle is the first of four Grade Ones on the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Joseph O’Brien has a strong hand, with course-and-distance winner Sir Erec among his six entries.

Other hopefuls among 27 entries include the Tom Mullins-trained Rocky Blue – winner of a Grade Two over the course and distance – and Gordon Elliott’s pair of Chief Justice and Coeur Sublime.

The Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle – formerly known as the Deloitte – has attracted 32 contenders, headed by runaway Future Champions Novice Hurdle winner Aramon.

The German import is one of nine possibles for Willie Mullins along with the likes of Easy Game, Klassical Dream and Tornado Flyer.

Elliott’s recent Naas Grade One winner Battleoverdoyen also features in what promises to be an informative heat.

The Flogas Novice Chase promises to be a cracker, with Elliott’s dual Grade One winner Delta Work set to be taken on by Warren Greatrex’s top-class mare La Bague Au Roi.

The latter stretched her unbeaten record over fences to three with a tremendous display in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on St Stephens’s Day and Greatrex has already stated his intention to send her across the Irish Sea early next month.

Another Elliott runner in Hardline is also among 25 entries along with Paloma Blue (Henry de Bromhead) and Winter Escape (Aidan Howard).

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