News has recently filtered through that Dermot Weld has had a change of mind and will run both Elegant Concorde (8/1 with Bet365) and Hidden Universe (9/1 with Paddy Power) as he had originally stated that just one would run as they were in the same ownership but clearly his owner is a sporting kind of chap.
In addition to Day In A Lifetime and Up Ou That, Willie Mullins added a third contender in his bid to win this race for a seventh time when Bishopsfurze won on his debut last week and like Day In A Lifetime (12/1 with Bet365), he is a once-raced, unbeaten five-year-old like five of his six winners of this race.
Kieren Fallon looks like he will have his second ride in the race as has been snapped up for Old McDonald who was last seen in December winning at Ludlow and previously finished second beaten three lengths by leading fancy for this race Tavern Times whose stable supplied last season’s runner-up.
There has been some money this week for Drumbaloo (10/1 with Sportingbet) whose form when beating Western Leader was franked when the runner-up won a decent novice hurdle last week and Drumbaloo has won again since albeit by a short-head but it was the same Grade 2 race that Dunguib won last season before winning here.
Araucaria now looks up against it after her odds-on defeat at Leopardstown on Sunday behind Edward O’Grady’s Shot From The Hip for the Magniers who is now fourth favourite and he looked good but I imagine J P Magnier will keep the ride and he won’t be able to claim his allowance which has to be a negative.
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