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Curley Bill back in action for Meade after long absence.

6.40 Tipperary Racecourse Celebrating 100 Years Handicap 1m4f ATR Card page 69 THIS €24,000 affair has attracted a surprisingly small and relatively weak field, given the prize-money and all but one of the runners will gain some of the purse.

Ancient Sands is expected to go off favourite. With two wins and a second in his last three runs, he is admirably versatile regarding ground conditions.

Curley Bill was last seen at this venue in a hurdle race in October 2013. He was twice a non-runner the following summer but did not appear at all that year and did not run in 2015 either and is bidding to overcome a 928-day layoff.

Soft ground will be no issue for Lady Giselle - both her wins came on easy going - but she has gone a long time without winning. She is down to a mark of 74 from a high of 93.

Pivot Bridge has been a grand servant for the Adrian McGuinness barn, but his last win on grass on the level was in June 2012.

VVWHAT they say Noel Meade, trainer of Curley Bill He's had a few problems and it's probably optimistic to think he could win but he seems in good shape. He's been off for a long time and will need the run. We'll probably concentrate on the Flat for now.

John Joe Walsh, trainer of Lady Giselle She's a small mare and hasn't really been able to carry big weights but she doesn't have a huge weight here in what isn't a great race. The trip should suit.

Ado McGuinness, trainer of Pivot Bridge I might go to Punchestown next week with him and this will sweeten him up. I'm expecting a big run and the ground ought to suit. One of the reasons he's back on the Flat is he had a horrible fall at Wexford. He was going nicely at the time. I was a bit disappointed with him previously at Dundalk.

Johnny Ward

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Date:Apr 21, 2016
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