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theatre top of the bill; SUNDAY BEST Lyrical makes her jumps debut.

Byline: CHRIS BEECH

THE Willie Mullinstrained Lyrical Theatre winner of three bumpers this season, is tipped to make a winning start to her career over hurdles in the Gift Horse Gallery Mares Maiden Hurdle at Thurles today.

Patrick Mullins, inset with father Willie, retains the ride on the mare, who was a wide margin winner of a listed bumper at Navan a few weeks ago and I think she could develop into a very smart novice hurdler.

This will be her first encounter with heavy ground, but the ground was pretty bad at Navan and assuming she takes to this game, the five-year-old should win with a good bit in hand.

WRATH OF TITANS has been a shade expensive to follow, but he appears to have been found a winning opportunity by Sandra Hughes in the two mile and six maiden hurdle.The fiveyear-old shaped well enough the last day behind Shaneshill at Fairyhouse and that form sets a reasonable standard here.

He is probably not one to take a short price on, but the son of Oscar is tipped to gain an overdue success over timber.

MRS MAC VEALE has her first start today for rookie trainer Gavin Dower and she has enjoyed a fine season to date, winning three times and she seems to revel in testing conditions.

The handicapper may not yet have her measure and she boasts some useful course and distance form.

She remains open to more improvement and with conditions to her liking, the nine-year-old can account for MOREECE. The feature event is the Exit 6 to Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle and it looks a very trappy contest.

DRAYCOTT PLACE was very unlucky to run out at the second last, with the race at his mercy (over fences) at Navan last weekend.

Up to that point he had not put a foot wrong and if allowed an uncontested lead, he could prove hard to peg back, but slight preference is for the lightly raced KAUTO GRAND MOGOL.

He looked a decent prospect when he won his maiden hurdle at Limerick and he was far from disgraced against better opposition at Navan.

The six-year-old might just shade it in what looks an intriguing contest.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2014
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