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    Salsify two time foxhunters winner

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    So Salsifying

    The Hunters Chase again looked between the two market principals, Salsify and Tammys Hill both went off 3/1 joint favourites, the race did not disappoint. Tammys Hill was held up just off the pace, Salsify given his customary patient ride by Colman Sweeney. Tammys Hill jumped the last in front, but was strongly pressed by Salsify who just prevailed on the run in, it was another top class race in terms of excitement.

    Salsify will now head to the Foxhunters at Cheltenham, a race he won last year. He shares favouritism with the second horse that day, the Paul Nicholls trained Chapoturgeon, at around the 9/2 mark. I think this represents pretty good value and it is my NAP of the festival in March.

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    Salsify won the Raymond Smith Memorial Hunters Chase again, coming from the rear and from an unlikely position even half-way up the run-in under Colman Sweeney's drive to get up and beat old nemesis Tammys Hill by a neck. This race was Salsify's springboard to Foxhunter Chase success at last year's Cheltenham Festival, and he has a favourite's chance again this term.

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    Colman Sweeney one to follow on twitter @colmansweeney.

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    That is by far da best hunterchase ive ever ridden in IRE.The honors go 2 Salsify,he's my hero!I'll never sit on a horse like him #champion
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    Best of the Irish looks obvious enough. Chapoturgeon main danger again ?

    Tricky Trickster disappointing yesterday.
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    Best of the Irish looks obvious enough. Chapoturgeon main danger again ?

    Tricky Trickster disappointing yesterday.

    PFN

    Tricky Trickster is at the other end of the age spectrum but will run in the Foxhunters. I thought it was an overreaction when he went out from 6/1 to 20s for the race after finishing second the other day.

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    Trainer Liam Lennon on Tammys Hill

    "Everything is good and he runs on Saturday.

    "James knows the horse inside out and thinks he thrives on racing, so we'll get this weekend out of the way and go from there.

    "We had a lot of snow over here and James was of the opinion that he just blew up at Leopardstown last time.

    "We certainly weren't disappointed to get beaten by Salsify and we look forward to Saturday."

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    Anyone looking for encouragement about Salsify’s chance in the Foxhunters only has to watch a re-run of last year’s race when the top Irish hunter and Colman Sweeney put in a performance that was as close to faultless as makes no difference.

    The partnership could easily record back-to-back victories but Salsify is plenty short enough in the betting when you consider the route Sweeney is likely to have to navigate again in a 24-runner field. Maybe Earth Dream represents a value each-way alternative.
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    Salsify remains on course to sign off another outstanding season in the Champion Hunters’ Chase at Stratford next month.

    The Rodger Sweeney-trained eight-year-old retained his title in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in fortuitous circumstances, profiting from fellow Irish raider Oscar Delta unshipping his rider on the famous run-in.

    However, Salsify looked back to his brilliant best when slamming the same opponent at the Punchestown Festival and the trainer’s son, Colman, is looking forward to getting back on board at Stratford on June 7.

    He said: “The plan is still the same with him – he goes to Stratford.

    “He was brilliant in Punchestown but we expected that as he wasn’t right at Cheltenham.

    “He had a bad journey across to England and had a few problems before the race - we were even thinking about taking him out before the morning of the race.

    “It’s a shame Stratford isn’t two weeks ago and he’s 100% after Punchestown and wants to race again.

    “It’s a long time to keep a horse sound, but hopefully he’ll be spot-on for Stratford.”

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    Salsify will follow the same path as last season as he bids to land his third successive victory in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

    Rodger Sweeney's charge was third behind On The Fringe and old rival Tammys Hill at Down Royal on his seasonal debut on St Stephen's Day, his first run since a surprise defeat at Stratford last June.

    He had also been beaten in the same event last season before going on to victory in the prestigious Raymond Smith Memorial Hunters Chase at Leopardstown on Hennessy day.

    That race will again be next on the agenda for the nine-year-old before his planned return to Prestbury Park.

    "He's fine and came out of the race at Down Royal OK," said Sweeney.

    "He had two very good horses in front of him. On The Fringe missed a year and a half but is still a very good horse.

    "It was his first run of the season and he should improve. He'll go back to Leopardstown now and then it will be back to Cheltenham for the defence."

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