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IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE WINTER You know you are slipping knee-deep into the jumps season proper when beginners' chases start to resemble Graded races and the W.B. Gavin & Co Irish EBF Beginners' Chase at Galway (1.45) has all the ingredients to be a cracker.

Possibly the most interesting aspect of the race is the fact that Galway-based handler Pat Kelly is represented by his past two Pertemps Hurdle winners in Mall Dini and Presenting Percy.

Gordon Elliott used this very beginners' chase to start off Don Cossack in 2013, and the trainer is represented by De Plotting Shed, Free Expression and Sutton Manor this time.

Elliott said: "All three of them are ready to start back. Free Expression has a lot of ability but he hasn't been the luckiest of horses in recent seasons.

"De Plotting Shed was brilliant for us over hurdles last season and I'd be hoping that he could have a nice season ahead of him over fences, while Sutton Manor also has his chance and is ready to start back."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2017
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