DAVENPORT Democrat is the nap choice to get back on the winning trail in the Kilsaran Concrete Quarry Hurdle at Bellewstown this evening.
Willie Mullins' gelding was a warm order to land a similar type of contest at the Galway Festival, but disappointed in finishing fourth behind Arc Lemanique.
Strictly on that running he shouldn't beat War General, they reoppose on exactly the same terms, who finished a place and two lengths in front of him. But there are solid reasons for thinking the selection is capable of emerging the better on this occasion.
Two and a half miles, and that stiff uphill climb to the home turn, were never going to favour Davenport Democrat.
Trust him to produce a much improved display on this easier track and dropping down three furlongs in distance.
Another Galway disappointment, Kinger Rocks, gets the nod in an interesting looking Irish Portable Cottages Race.
She could never get in a blow in the Galway Hurdle, seventh to Cuan Na Grai, but is a smart mare when on song and has shown her liking for this course in the past.
Eamon Tyrrell is a trainer who knows the time of day and Impetious can do the business for him in the Tally Ho Stud Auction Maiden. She ran a cracker in a valuable contest at the Curragh, third behind gambled-on John Oxx-trained Four Sins, and now has her sights considerably lowered.
Maxi gets the nod in the Kelly Green Laytown Maiden Hurdle.
Beaten a length and a quarter by Polar Call in a Limerick bumper, he renews rivalry on 7lbs more favourable terms and, unlike his rival, has the benefit of a previous pop over flights.