Fox Nor­ton to lead a much re­duced Bri­tish chal­lenge on day one

Num­ber of UK run­ners trav­el­ling to Kil­dare ex­pected to be down

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Rac­ing Cor­re­spon­dent shou at Liverpool and he is one of seven de­clared f or the ¤100,000 two-mile con­test.

How­ever, Davy Russell has been pen­cilled in to ride him, while Power stays loyal with the mare Forge Meadow. Labaik pipe-opener at Mey­dan last month could give him a cru­cial edge this time.

Har­ring­ton’s flat team have been in flying form so the lack of a run this sea­son is un­likely to be an is­sue with Clois­tered in the mile maiden. How­ever, there was plenty to like about So You Thought’s Leop­ard­stown de­but and he should be tough to beat. Split The Atom was in fine form in Dun­dalk re­cently and with Wayne Lor­dan do­ing 8.4 in the six-fur­long hand­i­cap he looks worth a look.

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The 2015 Chel­tenham Gold Cup hero Coney­gree is set to ar­rive in Punchestown today ahead of his clash with Siz­ing John on Wed­nes­day.

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