The make-up of the final race on tonight’s eleven-race programme at Curraheen Park favours Burgess Import, and the least-exposed of the six runners gets the nap to land the spoils for Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly.
The well-bred sort was an impressive all-the-way winner in A1 grade two runs ago but missed the kick and found early trouble when out with the washing in open class on his most recent outing. That run is best ignored, and he can be expected to bounce straight back.
Flanked by modest breakers, he has the early dash to turn in front, and therein lies the winning of the race.
With 28.54 on his card and the promise of a little more to come, it’ll take a big effort to deny him victory if, as expected, he leads around the opening bends.
With early pacers in short supply here, there’s plenty of stamina and the strong-running Boherash Messiah can give the selection most to think about.
Exciting youngster Pegasus can take the ninth race for Diarmuid Dooge and trainer Denis McCarthy.
The February pup was impressive in open novice company on debut, when he carded 28.83, and was pitched in very deep for his second start.
Contesting the ultra-competitive Past Presidents’ A3 Stake, he ran very well to finish third behind Belvedere Jody and eventual stake winner Castlemagner. The latter, renamed Pinpoint Boom, went on to win the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham just five races later.
Pegasus was knocked out in the second round and then off the track until returning with an impressive 17.67 sprint victory last month.
If ready for the return to four bends he’ll take beating, despite facing some promising sorts. Lyric Lady can follow him home.
Shelbourne hosts last weekend’s abandoned programme, and Skywalker Pearl can make a winning start to the year by taking the eleventh race for trainer Graham Holland.
The bitch looks ideally drawn and can use her early dash to hold her inside position around the opening bends.
Although there are some very useful sorts in opposition, she showed herself to be in great form when posting 28.29 on her final run of 2015. A repeat of that performance should be good enough.
Holland should also be on the mark with Cabra Ash, in the final race. Seeking a hat-trick following victories in A2 and A1 grade, the January ’14 whelp can make a successful first step into open company.
The improving bitch, who is out of former Oaks runner-up Cabra Millie, has the early pace to turn in front and, if she can repeat the 31.01 clock she recorded last time, it’ll take a smart effort to deny her victory.
Tomorrow night, Clonmel hosts the quarter-finals of the Red Mills and Track Supporters’ Club Unraced Stake and star attraction Boylesports Duke should have little trouble following up last weekend’s superb 28.37 victory when he lines up for the opening heat.
Litter brother is also very hard to oppose in heat three, but will be priced accordingly. In the chances market, Liams Valley could be a value option. He ran a super race despite being beaten 10 lengths behind Razldazl Duke last week, and looks capable of cutting quite a few spots off that effort.
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