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Fahey hopes for happy Memories

Paul Fahey is hoping the ground will be suitable for Lots Of Memories to get his Grade One chance at Punchestown on Wednesday.

The County Kildare trainer is keen to give the seven-year-old his big opportunity in the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle, as long as conditions are agreeable.

Lots Of Memories is already a Grade Three winner and confirmed his place in this contest with a facile victory in a 23-runner handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse recently.

"Hopefully they will put a bit of water on the track. I wouldn't like the ground too quick," said Fahey.

"He ran a real good race last time and I think he's improved since Fairyhouse and we'd be hopeful of a big run and of getting into the prize-money.

"I'd say he'd be going there better than when he went to Fairyhouse."

Dessie Hughes is looking for a bold show from Apache Jack after he finished a creditable third in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

He does, however, have to renew rivalry with the winner that day, the Noel Meade-trained Very Wood.

"He was third at Cheltenham, just beat a head for second, and that was a hell of a run. We think he has a real chance," Hughes told Irish Horse TV.

Hughes has a second string to his bow in Thunder And Roses, who was a faller when Lots Of Memories won at Fairyhouse.

Very Wood, Thunder And Roses and the Willie Mullins-trained Don Poli, winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, all carry the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.

The one British-trained runner in a nine-strong field is Beat That from Nicky Henderson's stable.

The lightly-raced six-year-old landed the Grade One Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree on his latest start.