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NEWTON ABBOT | A trio of Aintree attendees hold entries on Friday’s card

Three runners that competed at Aintree recently have been declared to run at Newton Abbot on Friday afternoon

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A trio of runners that featured at Aintree’s June meeting three weeks ago are set to compete at Newton Abbot on Friday afternoon.

The Bees Knees, who finished a distant third behind Ruthless Article at the Merseyside track, returns to action and carries top weight in a 2m5f Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Trainer Fergal O'Brien at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Bangor-on-Dee.
Fergal O’Brien sends The Bees Knees to Newton Abbot on Friday

The gelding makes his third start over fences for Fergal O’Brien and has been stepped up in trip once again, after finishing in the top three on both of his runs over the larger obstacles.

The six-year-old lines up in a small field of five runners, but he will need to show some improvement if he is to be competitive here.

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Koi Dodville, who claimed the 2m½f Juvenile Hurdle at the June meeting at Aintree, aims to continue his unbeaten start over obstacles for new trainer David Pipe.

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David Pipe holds an exciting juvenile in Koi Dodville

A former flat runner in France under the guidance of Ludovic Gadbin, the three-year-old will be hoping to claim a hat-trick over hurdles at the very first attempt.

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The colt is lumped with a double penalty here, but he has clearly shown his ability on his first two runs under his new stable.

He is joined at Newton Abbot by Graeme McPherson’s Eagle’s Realm, who finished 34 lengths behind in third in the same contest three weeks ago.

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