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McNamara back for the Festival

Leading Irish amateur jockey JT McNamara is due to return to action this weekend after recovering from a dislocated shoulder.

McNamara, who suffered the injury at Stonehall point-to-point on February 10, is a go-to man in all the amateur events at the Cheltenham Festival, and is again in demand this season.

"I think I'm riding Drawn N Drank for Enda Bolger in the four-miler (John Oaksey National Hunt Chase), if he gets in," said McNamara.

"Enda quite likes him but he's not certain to get in just yet.

"If he doesn't get in I'd imagine I'll be riding one for Jonjo (O'Neill).

"I'm also riding one for Jonjo in the Kim Muir but I'm not sure which. Alan (Berry) will ride one and I'll ride the other.

"I've been out with a dislocated shoulder but I'm riding at a point-to-point this weekend.

"I didn't want it to be a race against time before Cheltenham so I'm going back this weekend."