PAT KEANE: Paddy the pick

PADDY O’DEE is the nap choice in the first division of the Tote Placepot Races 1 to 6 Maiden Hurdle at Ballinrobe today.

He’s only run twice, showing little on his debut at Cork last month. In a contest won by Delightful Way, the selection was out of contention when falling three from home.

Philip Rothwell’s gelding reappeared six days later, at Down Royal, and looked an entirely different proposition.

Starting at 25-1, he ran far better than his position in the market indicated he would. Paddy O’Dee made a lot of the running, battling on gamely in the closing stages to finish two lengths runner-up behind Street Legal.

Chances are he will improve again for the experience and is fancied to confirm that this is a horse of some potential!

Willie Mullins’ Isityourself gets a hopeful nod to land the second section of the same race.

It is never easy to go in at the first time of asking over hurdles, but she did look a smart sort in the making when easily winning a modest bumper at Kilbeggan.

Eoin Griffin’s The Last Derby can take the Thanks To Race Sponsors 2009 Chase, on the basis conditions remains on the good side.

He proved particularly effective on such a surface when getting off the mark first time up over fences by 25 lengths at Kilbeggan.

Then he looked all at sea when meeting heavy ground at Galway, trailing in a well beaten third behind Barna Bay and Steve Capall.

Baron De’l, who has been struggling on the flat of late, reverts to jumps in the Ballinrobe Race Committee Maiden Hurdle.

His form at this discipline is patchy as well, but he is obviously the one to beat, on his fourth behind Hurricane Fly in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last Christmas.


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