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Swan hopes he's right on Track at shorter trip.

CHARLIE SWAN hopes a drop in class and a return to 2m will help Make A Track's bid for a second win over hurdles at Gowran Park when the five-year-old faces four rivals, including last season's Irish Grand National winner Organisedconfusion, in the Goresbridge Novice Hurdle (1.35).

A dual bumper winner for David Arbuthnot last season, Make A Track won on his hurdling debut at Punchestown in October. He was second to Texas Jack at Clonmel next time and then was no match for Mount Benbulben and Rebel Fitz when third in the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan.

"He was beaten by two good horses at Navan and this race is down a notch from that level," Swan said yesterday. "I'm hoping that dropping down from two and a half miles to two miles will help him on what will be testing ground."

A short-head defeat over today's course and distance before his Irish National win left Organisedconfusion eligible for novice hurdles this season. He finished third over hurdles on his reappearance at Fairyhouse and would have gone closer but for blundering at the final flight.

"This looked a suitable opportunity to give him another run over hurdles before he goes back chasing," said trainer Arthur Moore. Niall Kelly, the 7lb claiming amateur who has ridden Organisedconfusion on his last two starts over hurdles, is on board again.

Willie Mullins is represented by Ceol Rua, who was an odds-on shot when second to Leah Claire at Wexford last time. "She was a bit disappointing last time and I might have left her a bit short as the race came only 11 days after her maiden hurdle win. She seems in good form and we're hoping for better this time," Mullins said.

Completing the line-up are dual bumper winner Saint Gervais, who finished fourth on his hurdling debut at Cork, and Better Times, who came good at the sixth attempt over hurdles when winning at Thurles last month.

Darroun, a winner over 1m41/2f in the French provinces when trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, makes his hurdling debut under Ruby Walsh in the 12-runner juvenile hurdle (12.35).

The son of Dalakhani was bought for EUR140,000 by Willie Mullins. "We're hoping for a good run but Darroun gives the impression he will appreciate better ground in the spring and it could be then before he really gets going," the trainer said.

Tony O'Hehir

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Date:Dec 15, 2011
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