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It’s a shift­ing of the sea­sons week­end in Ire­land with the 2017 flat cam­paign fin­ish­ing at Naas to­mor­row 24 hours af­ter Down Royal has hosted the new win­ter term’s first Grade One.

Michael O’ Leary’ s Gig gins town Stud team is pur­su­ing a fifth win in a row in the €140,000 JN wine Cham­pion Chase and the Ryan air boss has half of the eightDuke will be undis­puted ly cen­tre- stage as the Ir­ish Na­tional win­ner be­gins a pro­gramme that could end in Ch el ten ham GoldCup­glo­ry­thisMarch.An im­pres­sive win would see him pres­sure his sta­ble com­pan­ion Siz­ing John at the top of the Gold Cup bet­ting.

Colin Keane will be of­fi­cially cr owned cham­pion jockey for the first time at Na as and his best fi­nal day chance could be on Gowran win­ner In­scribe.

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