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FIRST STREET ran a fine race to chase home Champion Hurdle runner-up State Man in this event 12 months ago and could go one better now he has had a wind operation and been equipped with a tongue tie.

He underperfo­rmed at Wincanton last time, but appears much better suited by a big-field handicap than a small conditions race.

FILEY BAY is also sporting a tongue tie for the first time and there was much to admire in his fine second to Aucunrisqu­e in the Betfair Hurdle last time, as the duo pulled 11 lengths clear of Teddy Blue in third.

He has clearly been laid out for a tilt at this race and looks to still be improving.

That comment doesn’t necessaril­y apply to BALLYADAM but he ran a blinder behind Gaelic Warrior last month at Leopardsto­wn and was fifth in this contest in 2022.

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