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Horse Racing Tips: Robbie Wilders' jumps season tips

It's Chepstow's opening meeting of the jumps season this weekend and Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post nominates five Irish challengers to follow in the campaign ahead.

A Dream To Share (John Kiely)

John Kiely is without a graded winner since 2017. but that could change this season with A Dream To Share, who has looked a top prospect in bumpers.

A Dream To Share travelled all over a Willie Mullins-trained odds-on favourite on his debut at Tipperary on his debut in May and put the race to bed in excellent style when asked.

It was a similar story at Roscommon in June. A Dream To Share scored easing down when held up in a slowly run race under a highly confident ride.

This twice-raced four-year-old has bags of ability and it will be fascinating to see how he fares over hurdles.

Flame Bearer (Pat Doyle)

Flame Bearer became Pat Doyle's first Grade 2 winner since 2004 with a pair of successes in that company last season, and improved again when thrown into a Punchestown Grade 1 novice hurdle on his final start in the spring.

Doyle's stable star showed a gritty attitude to snatch second that day after an awkward jump at the second-last and did well to pull clear of smart operators Three Stripe Life and Kilcruit, succumbing only to the top-class State Man.

Flame Bearer has proved his worth in Ireland, but may be lesser known to British racing fans and rates a smart proposition for novice chases this campaign. His ability to handle a range of ground conditions is also a plus.

Gentlemansgame (Mouse Morris)

It is still early days for six-year-old Gentlemansgame, who entered many notebooks when claiming second in the 2021 Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novices' Hurdle on just his second outing under rules'

He did so again two starts later when finishing runner-up to Galopin Des Champs at Punchestown.

This lightly raced type failed to click into gear last winter but advanced his form in the spring with a couple of career-best efforts on RPRs, the latter a third to Klassical Dream on his first run in an open Grade 1 at Punchestown.

Gentlemansgame could reach a high level in staying novice chases for powerful owners Robcour, but probably does not want testing ground.

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Meet And Greet (Oliver McKiernan)

Oliver McKiernan tends to target his best horses at the Punchestown festival and Meet And Greet performed well above expectations when third to The Nice Guy and Minella Cocooner in the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle.

Considering the first two home fought out the finish of the Albert Bartlett the previous month, and Meet And Greet was running over three miles for the first time, it was a highly creditable effort.

The fact this horse pulled 14 lengths clear of the fourth in a warm race was also impressive. He seems to have the pace for two miles and stamina for three, so should pay his way for the McKiernan yard once more.

Slip Of The Tongue (Padraig Roche)

Padraig Roche's stable flag bearer Slip Of The Tongue was a work in progress last season but can show the benefit of that with another year on his back.

It can be tough for five-year-olds meeting more experienced older horses off level weights in graded races, but Slip Of The Tongue still managed to reach a decent level.

He ran a remarkable race at Punchestown in Listed company in February after getting the last all wrong and almost unshipping Mark Walsh, but dug in gamely to repel the useful Deploy The Getaway.

He will continue to progress and should be followed whether he remains over hurdles or jumps a fence.

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