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Veteran Lunch to prove pretty tasty.

VICTORIA FALLS, recent 25-1 winner of the Primus Saver Grand National, makes his first appearance since landing the hurdlers' Classic at Wimbledon's all-graded meeting tonight, writes Richard Birch.

The Richard Rees-trained jumper renews big-race rivalry with shorthead runner-up Clonkeen Theo in an interesting H2. Victoria Falls ought to go well, but there are better investments on the card, headed by his kennelmate After Lunch (7.45), who rates a tasty proposition in what appears a highly uncompetitive A6. Since joining Rees from John Simpson last month, the September 06 railer has run three times, finishing first, second and third. Arguably a shade unfortunate not to beat King Scotty last time, this centurion clearly retains plenty of ability and is perfectly drawn next to the rails. It would come as no surprise if After Lunch - who possesses plenty of pace in the second half - cracked out and made all.

Another red-box runner with very strong claims is Ballymac Hondo (8.00), who takes the eye in the A5. Tony Taylor's charge boasts an abundance of early speed, and ought to hold a twolength lead off the second bend. His stride will be shortening halfway up the home straight, but only Beryls Boy James is renowned for his finishing prowess and it's by no means certain that rival will miss a knock from Murlens Derry early on.

Mulcair Robbie (9.00) was fancied by many locals to go really well in the William Hill Springbok in February. Things didn't quite pan out for him in that competition and he hasn't really fulfilled his potential over jumps since. However, you won't find a better drawn greyhound on tonight's programme and he is selected to outstay Opening Joe.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2011
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