Fahey: Jewel has to have a good chance.
FIRST-SEASON trainer Andrew McNamara went close to achieving his first success when Val De Ferbet, his second runner with a licence, finished runner-up to Tennis Cap in a 2m4f hurdle at Cork ten days ago.
And today he will be hoping to go one better with the same seven-year-old, who faces four rivals in this conditions event.
Formerly trained by Willie Mullins, for whom he won twice over fences, most notably a Grade 2 novice event at Limerick, Val De Ferbet had been off the track since June until his recent return.
McNamara said yesterday: "We were delighted with his run at Cork and he came out of the race well. This might be coming a bit soon, but he's in good order and we decided we had to run him as it would be difficult to find a race in which the race conditions suit him as well as they do here."
Jennies Jewel is back on home territory after two runs in mares' races in Britain, where she was second to Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade 2 event at Ascot before finishing third in a Listed race at Warwick.
Trainer Jarlath Fahey said: "It's been six weeks since her last trip to England and she's recovered well. She's been working well, doing what she normally does at home. She'll give it a go and has to have a good chance."
Gordon Elliott is represented by Gigginstown pair Victory Mill, the mount of Bryan Cooper, and Cogryhill, both of whom will be attempting to bounce back from poor performances on their most recent starts.
Completing the line-up is the Ted Walsh-trained 12-year-old Colbert Station, better known as a chaser and who will be making his first appearance for almost a year.