Whatuthink can make winning debut on flat

WHATUTHINK, a seven-year-old having his first run on the flat, gets the nap to win the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Race at Tipperary this evening.

Johnny Murtagh is a significant booking for Oliver McKiernan’s charge, who is not short of speed, despite the fact he is now best known as a stayer over flights.

Indeed, his latest appearance was at the Cheltenham Festival when contesting the three mile Ladbrokes’ World Hurdle.

The selection was far from disgraced in finishing a creditable sixth behind Big Buck’s and that followed on some decent efforts here at home.

Whatuthink did win a bumper in a canter at Naas in his younger days and revels in testing conditions, even though he is a son of Presenting.

Dermot Weld’s Suailce is clearly the biggest worry. Successful in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh, she ended last season by taking third to Jane Austen in a Listed event at Fairyhouse.

Whether Suailce will be quite at home on the surface as Whatuthink, however, remains to be seen.

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning, who have made a lightning start to the campaign, are fancied to land a double with Buiochas Mor and Three Rocks.

Buiochas Mor seemed to handle soft ground well when beaten three lengths by John Oxx’s highly-regarded Zaralanta at the Curragh and can take the Ballyhane Stud Fillies Maiden.

Bibury and Count John, third and sixth respectively then, both scored at Limerick on Monday night.

Three Rocks has turned inside out this season, overcoming slow starts to win easily at the Curragh and Leopardstown, and this progressive sort can complete the hat-trick in the Captain Marvelous Race.

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