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Plate-seventh Pravalaguna the clear form pick back over hurdles.

RACE OF THE DAY 3.20 Cork Joe Walsh Memorial Hurdle 3m, 4yo+, RTV Card and Spotlight, page 31 Why is it interesting? Pravalaguna finished seventh in a red-hot renewal of the Galway Plate last Wednesday and is quickly back in action over hurdles as Willie Mullins bids to continue his terrific recent record in the race.

If the ratings are to be believed, Pravalaguna should take the prize. She is rated 142, 8lb superior to anything else in the line-up, and she receives the mares' allowance from four of her rivals.

The big question is will she stay? She has never tried three miles before and the furthest she has gone was in the 2m61/2f Galway Plate where she trailed in 12 lengths behind Borice after being prominent until the final two fences.

If she doesn't, Gordon Elliott will be hoping to pick up the pieces with Count Simon, a winner of three of his last four starts, and Everybreathyoutake, a winner of two of his last three.

What do the stats say? The last four favourites have been successful and the biggest price of the quartet was Arctic Fire last year at 11-8. Coquin Mans (2017) was 9-10, Simenon (2016) returned at 2-5, while the SP of Ballychorus (2015) was 5-4. Willie Mullins has sent out two of the the last three winners and didn't have a runner last year in a race which was won by Artic Fire, one of his former students.

If you fancy Pravalaguna, you will be pleased to hear Paul Townend has a terrific record on the free-going mare. The champion jockey has ridden her four times for form figures of 211.

What do the trainers say? Willie Mullins, trainer of Pravalaguna The conditions her and it looks a good opportunity. I just hope coming back from fences to hurdles doesn't impede her, but she should settle in there nicely over three miles.

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Count Simon and Everybreathyoutake They're in good form and have done really well over the summer. Everybreathyoutake seemed to stay the trip well at Limerick so is having another go at three miles. Count Simon has done little wrong of late and should run well.

John McConnell, trainer of Fred The Foot He won well at Limerick and I was thinking he might have a chance here until I saw Pravalaguna in the race. We look to have it to do at the weights but he is in good form.

Denis Hogan, trainer of Macgiloney He ran a cracker at Galway in what was a decent, little race. The big worry is that we are meeting Pravalaguna all wrong at the weights.

DAVID JENNINGS What do our tipsters say? Spotlight: Mark Boylan If her heavy schedule doesn't catch up with her then Pravalaguna ought to have a big say, but the quick turnaround after a tough test in the Galway Plate five days ago could leave the mare vulnerable and preference is for the teak-tough Macgiloney. He also must overcome a short turnaround, but his run on Thursday wouldn't have been as tough as the Mullins mare's task a day earlier and this trip should play to his strengths more than it will for the highest-rated runner in the field.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Aug 5, 2019
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