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05 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (2m 5f)
It's neck and neck at the last before Hurricane Fly (blue) runs on to beat Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown last month When winning last month, Fiscal Focus, a 14-1 shot for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, gave McDonogh, trainer of iconic dual Champion Hurdle winner Monksfield, a welcome return to the big-race limelight.
One way has been to convince Clement he can take 13 steps between every hurdle - fewer than typical runners and a technique that among Americans only legendary Edwin Moses and world record holder Kevin Young have been able to master.
The double became possible with the inauguration of the World Hurdle under its original name, the Spa Hurdle, in 1946, and the two horses who have done the double, Clair Soleil and Merry Deal, both did so more than half a century ago.
Kersee said she had the perfect combination of size, strength, speed and flexibility to compete in the heptathlon, which is made up of the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200, long jump, javelin and 800.
The champion trainer, who won the second of the affected hurdle races with Tara Point and a chase with Howlongisafoot, was baffled by the hurdles being bypassed but not the fences.
After a week of chasing excellence in Ireland, with Don Cossack, Defy Logic and Morning Assembly winning beginners' chases, Down Royal hosts the return of a novice hurdler who last season won three Grade 1s and was beaten only by Champagne Fever and My Tent Or Yours in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
3) Canada's Perdita Felicien, back right, is caught up in a hurdle after stumbling into Russia's Irina Shevchenko, center, during the 100-meter hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on Tuesday.
Owned by Simon Such, the five-yearold ran out an impressive winner of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before finishing a creditable second to Zarkandar in open company in the Aintree Hurdle.
The first time over a hurdle, it popped and then pulled downward,'' she said.
Trained by Alan King for the McNeill family, Grumeti was ruled out of the Champion Hurdle this month after missing his intended comeback in the Kingwell Hurdle with a back injury.