Merry Gale back on track

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Klairon Davis and Merry Gale, two of Ireland's top chasers, meet in the Grade Three Tipperary Racecourse Chase today. The Jim Dreaper-trained Merry Gale, fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season, will be ridden by Richard Dunwoody on his first outing since his victory in the Martell Cup at Aintree last April.

Klairon Davis, Arthur Moore's Arkle Trophy winner, is also appearing for the first time this season in the IRpounds 10,000 two-mile contest.

Ante-post punters were yesterday warned that one of Ireland's leading Champion Hurdle hopes, Hotel Minella, may be sent chasing later this season.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained eight-year-old is quoted as short as 14-1 for the Cheltenham race with Ladbrokes after four wins in novice company last season. But O'Brien's wife, Anne Marie, said: "He might be going chasing. He has been schooled and he's a super jumper of fences."