Morning can reign supreme

MORNING SUPREME is the nap choice to run her rivals ragged in the Grade 2 paddypower.com Novice Hurdle at Naas tomorrow.

A useful bumper horse, her tally over flights is two from two and she has plenty going for her now. Morning Supreme’s jumping was woeful the first day at Limerick, but she still managed to take a moderate contest with any amount in hand.

She then went off a long odds-on shot at Cork and showed significant improvement in her technique. Mind you, it was still far from flawless, but a major step-up on that initial effort.

Morning Supreme again made all the running, galloping powerfully up the straight to score by 21 lengths and, indeed, was value for a lot more.

This is a completely different test, against Pittoni, Dr Whizz and Coole River, but the selection has a lot of scope and gets the nod.

Tranquil Sea is fancied to beat Scotsirish in the paddypower.com Chase. In theory it should be a relatively simple task, given their running behind Golden Silver at Leopardstown last time.

Tranquil Sea was runner-up then and had Scotsirish, now 3lbs worse in, three and a half lengths behind in third. Scotsirish, however, improved to score easily at Fairyhouse subsequently and cannot be underestimated.

An Cathaoir Mor can shrug off top weight in the Woodlands Park 100 Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase.

He is the only one penalised in the contest, but is down in class, having beaten Sports Line in the Arkle Chase at Leopardstown.

John Kiely’s Araucaria could not have been more impressive when scoring by 24 lengths at Punchestown and this progressive sort looks best in a competitive Bumper.

What’s on offer at Fairyhouse today leaves a lot to be desired and it really is a rather grim programme. Edward O’Grady’s Alaivan can get back on the winning trail in the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle.

He was desperately disappointing at Leopardstown when Carlito Brigante slammed him to the tune of 11 lengths, having looked a possible star of the future on his debut over jumps at Gowran Park.

You suspect, Alaivan wasn’t quite himself at Leopardstown, however, and at least Carlito Brigante has gone and won again in the meantime.

The other feature on the card is the At The Races Bobbjo Chase, but this is a total puzzle and you would be hard pressed to place much faith in any of the nine possibilities.

Casey Jones goes well fresh - he hasn’t been seen for 105 days - and, perhaps, might agree to put his best foot forward!

Having A Cut, last seen when third behind Trust Fund and Christy Beamish over the National fences in the Foxhunters at Aintree back in April, can crop up in the John McCarthy Memorial Hunters Chase.

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