Warrior can run rivals ragged

BOG WARRIOR is fancied to run his rivals ragged in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day.

The rising eight-year-old has been very lightly raced and is a horse with enormous scope for improvement.

He was impressive when scoring over fences at the first time of asking at Navan and then stepped straight into Grade 1 company in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse.

Tony Martin’s charge gave an exhilarating exhibition of jumping and staying power to destroy the opposition, beating Shinrock Paddy by 31 lengths.

He now drops down three furlongs in trip, but that will hardly worry the selection, on soft ground and against modest enough rivals.

Willie Mullins’ Marasonnien, last seen when second at Auteuil in June, is difficult to oppose in what looks a modest racingpost.com Maiden Hurdle.

Mullins can also supply the answer to the United Arab Emirates Embassy four-year-old Maiden Hurdle with Midnight Game.

Admittedly, he was a bit disappointing when finishing a remote fourth behind stable companion, Sous Les Cieux, in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.

But the ex-French horse is surely better judged on his Irish debut second to Corbally Ghost at Punchestown and a repeat of that effort will see him go close.

The Grade 2 United Arab Emirates Embassy Juvenile Hurdle is best left to Noel Meade’s progressive Sam Bass. He is tough and resolute, digging deep last time when beating the enigmatic His Excellency and One Cool Shabara at Fairyhouse.

At Limerick on Monday, Willie Mullins’ Sir Des Champs can land a fascinating little four-runner Grade 2 Greenmount Park Novice Chase.

Another French import, his record for Mullins is three from three and he looked a possible star of the future when getting off the mark on his debut over fences at Fairyhouse.

Jimmy Mangan’s Castle Wings is the choice in the Anglo Printers’ Maiden Hurdle, having performed solidly when beaten a neck by Pride Of The Artic at Gowran Park.

Mangan’s Quarryvale, who scored with any amount in hand at Thurles on Thursday, can shrug off a mandatory 6lbs penalty in the Sliabh Luachra Handicap Chase.

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