Meade and Mullins boss Bond

NOEL Meade and Willie Mullins lead the way with two entries apiece in Sunday’s Bar One Racing Royal Bond Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Meade has Il Fenomeno and Dylan Ross in the reckoning, with the pair having finished first and second respectively in a Grade Three heat at Navan earlier this month.

Mullins has Midnight Game and Sous Les Cieux, with the latter a winner at this track just over two weeks ago.

Dermot Weld has an eyecatching contender in Galileo’s Choice who won over hurdles at the Galway Festival but was most recently seen claiming Group Three glory on the level at Leopardstown in September.

Edward O’Grady’s Miss Nomer was a Grade Three winner at Down Royal last time, while Dazzling Susie is the other contender.

Mullins meanwhile is responsible for four of the seven five-day acceptors for the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, also at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The County Carlow trainer dominates the possibles for the Grade One over two and a half miles with a foursome headed by Thousand Stars, winner of the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown recently.

Mourad, fourth behind stablemate Hurricane Fly in this race 12 months ago, could try again, while Mikael D’Haguenet and Final Approach complete the Mullins quartet.

Colm Murphy’s talented mare Voler La Vedette is likely to attempt to follow up her recent Lismullen Hurdle success at Navan, while Edward O’Grady’s progressive The Real Article and the Dermot Weld-trained filly Unaccompanied make up the seven.

Voler De La Vedette was third in this race last year and Murphy reports her to be ready for the challenge.

“She’ll go there all being well. She’s in good form,” said the County Wexford trainer. “It’s a good race and she’ll be there if it goes well in the meantime. We’ll just keep her ticking over until the weekend.”

First Lieutenant and Last Instalment are two of the headline names in an eight-strong entry for Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase.

Mouse Morris has kept things relatively low-key with First Lieutenant so far, but two Grade Three victories in three starts over fences have now prompted him to raise his sights.

Last Instalment struck in Grade Two company at Punchestown last time and Philip Fenton is now stepping him up to the highest level. Paul Nolan has two contenders in Alpha Ridge and Shinrock Paddy, while Tony Martin is another who is double-handed at present with Gift Of Dgab and Bog Warrior. Dessie Hughes’ Rivage D’Or and Oliver Brady’s Imperial Shabra are the other two possibles.

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