Almolahek the answer

DERMOT WELD’S Almolahek can land an above average contest for the track, the Glenville Bar And Lounge Maiden at Wexford this evening.

The twice-raced son of Red Ransom was well-backed to make a winning seasonal reappearance at Navan last month, but found one too good for him in Kevin Prendergast’s Takween.

The selection travelled really nicely through the contest, but didn’t pick up as well as the winner in the closing stages, going under by a length.

Weld, typically, hasn’t wasted any time putting blinkers on his charge and the three-year-old gets the vote, particularly as he should be suited to stepping up another three furlongs in trip.

Aather, Tarkari and Crystal Swan all look capable of scoring at some time in the future, but the main danger now is surely Aidan O’Brien’s King Of Westphalia. He finished like a train in that Navan race, after finding trouble in running, to take third, just three parts of a length adrift of Almolahek.

The experienced Penny’s Bill is the choice in the Quality Hotel and Leisure Centre Hurdle.

Liz Doyle’s inmate performed solidly when runner-up behind Prince Picassso in a competitive handicap at Cork last time.

Silver Lily, third to Down By The Sea and subsequent winner, Lady Roberta, at Tramore, could be the right one in the Bumper.

On a programme best described as grim at Downpatrick, Joanna Morgan’s Whispering Wind should go close in the Behan Financial Planning Apprentice Maiden.

A useful and versatile sort, the daughter of Sunshine Street ran a cracker, over a totally inadequate five furlongs, when sixth to Shauna’s Princess at Navan.


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