The Open Lightweights are in for an Aristocratic boost.

Racing in the Point to Point sector this weekend sees two former high class racehorses among the entries at Ballinaboola and Dromahane.

With an aristocratic twist, Lord Windermere and Sir Des Champs may well be saddled this Sunday. Having raced and won at Cheltenham festivals in the past both of these horses have also tried their luck over the Aintree fences in past runnings of the Grand National.

Also amongst the entries are Sydney Paget, BL Swagger and Enniskillen. With 33 entries between the Ballywalters Farm and Singletons Super Valu sponsored Opens, being somewhat confused by handful of double entries in both it is always difficult to pick a winner.

The best thing to do is to make the effort get out to either of these two meetings, see who is declared and catch a glimpse of two aristocrats of the track on a new stage.

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Will you get out of bed for this?

Its the first tuesday of November and the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation is due off at 4am Irish time.

The big question is , will you get out of bed for it?

With 10 of the 23 runners racing under the banner of “northern hemisphere” gone are the heady days of Dermot Weld, Vintage Crop and Mick Kinane tilting at windmills and actually winning!!!!

With Willie Mullins supplying 3 runners, Thomas Hobson, Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite the Master of Closutton, Co Carlow may just write his own page of history.

Not far away in Piltown, Co Kilkenny, Joseph O’Brien has mapped out this race for Rekindling and US Army Ranger while his father Aidan high on his record Group 1 exploits bids for further honours with Johannes Vermeer.

When you add three runners from Britain, Marmello, Wall of Fire and Nakeeta in addition to Red Cardinal for Germany and Tiberian for France it might just be worthwhile to set the alarm clock and make it to a television.

6 of the first 8 in the betting from William Hill are from this part of the world, so the odds seem good.

It will be a spectacle one way or the other and while none of them might be Vintage Crop or Makybe Diva , my pick just could be Tiberian at 28/1 for Alain Couetil and Olivier Peslier.

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Its just a numbers game!

Pt2Pt at Tinahely ,71 entries 42 runners, 6 individual wins, Riders season to date :Codd 7, O’Neill 7, O’Connor 6.

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At 31 its Istabraq.

The final choice at 31 is the one and only Istabraq.

This wonderful hurdler was voted as one of the top horses in the past 25 years.

Do you remember him? Share your memories by email, facebook ot twitter.

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Its a Steel at 30.

Our number 30 comes in as Flashing Steel.

Owned by Charles Haughey, this classy gelding took the ultimate Irish chasing prize, the Irish Grand National.

Do you remember him?

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The Orchid makes 29.

The galloping grey that made Kempton Park his own, Desert Orchid comes in at 29.

What are your memories of him?

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At 28 we have Crisp as our memory.

Throw your minds back to the 1970’s and see if you can recall that fabulous chaser , Crisp.

A Kiwi bred horse that lives on , for many, for the race he didn’t win!

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Call at 27.

Coming in at 27 we have Imperial Call.

Do you remember him? What did he win? Who bred him? Who trained him?

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At 26 Brave is as Brave does.

Brave Inca might well be the best national hunt racehorse to come out of Wexford.

Do you remember him?

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Sagaro is todays choice at 25.

Well , do you remember this horse?

Sagaro was one of the best stayers in Europe in the 20th century. Racing in France and Britain he captured all of the best stayers races.

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