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Stocktons Wing will be expected to build on his promising hurdling debut run in Listowel in today’s opener at Punchestown, the Go Racing In Kildare 3-Y-0 Maiden Hurdle, if the meeting survives an 8am inspection.

A three-time winner on the flat for Charles O’Brien, Stcoktons Wing opened his account, off a mark of 56, at Listowel in June and progressed to score off 70 in Sligo in August before running well off an 8lb. higher mark in Killarney.

There was a lot to like about his jumping debut in Listowel last month, when he took a little time to warm to his task but finished well to be a close third behind Habesh and Top Man Michael, with another previous winner Hurricane Ridge a well-beaten fourth.

With that experience behind him, Stocktons Wing should prove tough to beat today and is preferred to the consistent Everything Zain, worryingly runner-up in his last six starts, and Noel Meade’s jumping debutant Casual Creeper.

The Panoramic Restaurant Beginners Chase looks the most interesting race on the card, with a number of exciting prospects making a start over the bigger obstacles.

Although Mount Benbulben might prove the best of the bunch in the longer term, the Noel Meade-trained Sword Of Destiny, a Shantou gelding which impressed in hurdle wins at Punchestown and Cork (Grade 3) but has always looked a chasing type is preferred.

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