Pravalaguna one of 12 in Fairyhouse feature on Tuesday

Thursday, Apr 18 2019

Pravalaguna and Camelia De Cotte head a dual challenge for Willie Mullins among the 12-strong entry for the Grade Three BoyleSports Grand National Festival John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.

The seven-year-old Pravalaguna – who is also in the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle on Monday – went to Cheltenham on the back of a Listed-race success in the Opera Hat Mares Chase at Naas.

She ran in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Festival, but failed to show her best form in finishing last of the nine runners behind Defi Du Seuil.

Camelia De Cotte did not go to Cheltenham and was last seen in the Naas Directors Novice Chase, where she was a beaten favourite in second to Kaiser Black, who is Grade One-entered at Fairyhouse this weekend.

Gordon Elliott has four possibles, including Barra, who has not run since winning at Kilbeggan in July. The County Meath trainer’s team is completed by Mill Quest, Mrs Lovett and Synopsis.

Slowmotion would be an interesting runner for Joseph O’Brien, should she return to fences.

The seven-year-old outran her odds of 50-1 to be fifth in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, having been third to Laurina in the Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown in February.

Another set to play a leading role is the Denis Hogan-trained Moyhenna, winner of the Grade Two Charleville Cheese Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Limerick last month.

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