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Future stars on show as previous winners clash.

3.35 Leopardstown Thornton's Recycling Bumper 2m ATR Card page 55 FOUR of Ireland's most impressive bumper winners this season clash for the first time today when O Maonlai, Outlander, Posiden Sea and Somethingwonderful line up for this [euro]11,000 event.

The Mags Mullins-trained Mumbo Jumbo, winner of a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on Thursday, landed this prize last year and Willie Mullins trains Outlander, who impressed last time.

Rider Patrick Mullins said: "He was very impressive at Fairyhouse and I thought it rode like a good race. He was a little quirky, running off the bend and flashing his tail, but he still quickened and went away to win by five lengths. My main worry would be Gigginstown's other runner Somethingwonderful."

Somethingwonderful has not run since beating useful mare Fickle Fortune in a bumper at Galway in October, but trainer Dessie Hughes's bumper team have been performing better than usual this term - four wins and nine placed efforts from just 22 outings.

Trainer Pat Shanahan was encouraged to see the form of Posiden Sea receive a boost when Bell Weir, who finished runner up to his four-year-old at Cork, won on his next start.

Posiden Sea is the rookie trainer's first bumper performer and Shanahan is concerned about the forecast rain.

He said: "He's in super form, but doesn't want the ground very heavy, so I'm hoping there isn't much rain. Some people were saying he was a lucky winner at Cork, but the form has stood up and hopefully he'll show that here."

O Maonlai, trained by Timmy Hyde won on heavy ground at Punchestown on his debut.

Hyde said: "He ran a very good race last time and is a nice sort who has done everything right so far. We are hopeful of a good performance."

Jessica Lamb
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2012
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