TOM COOPER is fancied to land a double with Son Amix and Lucky William at Naas this afternoon.
The four-year-old Son Amix is taking on some smart older horses in the Tipper Road Hurdle, but has plenty going for him.
He is best in at the weights and Cooper’s son, Bryan, reduces his impost by a further 5lbs to boot. The selection was a bit disappointing at the Punchestown Festival in April.
Son Amix went off favourite, but could only manage fourth behind Gimli’s Rock. The surface may have been a trifle on the quick side that day, however.
Prior to that, he was fourth behind the impressive Sanctuaire in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham and, in testing conditions at Navan, landed a modest maiden by 28 lengths.
Lucky William looks capable of a big run in the Weatherbys’ Ireland GSB Beginners Chase. He was a useful enough hurdler, but promises to be far better at this game.
At Tipperary earlier in the month, Lucky William was set to make a winning start over fences when falling two out and, though this is a better contest, may prove equal to the task.
Only four are set to face the starter in the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase, but it is a fascinating little race all the same.
Much interest will centre on the performance of Captain Cee Bee, who has to have pretensions of developing into a live two mile Champion Chase candidate this season.
Captain Cee Bee is a class act, but the fact he’s burst blood vessels on a couple of occasions in the past tends to leave one with an uncomfortable feeling.
It will be a surprise should Archie Boy prove good enough, while two miles is on the short side for Catch Me.
The vote then goes to Psycho, who took to fences really well last season, notwithstanding the fact he did take a tumble on his final appearance at Punchestown.
At Cork tomorrow Mount Helicon rates a safe wager in the Grade 3 Dial-A-Bet 1800721821 EBF Novice Hurdle. Fourth on the flat at Navan last time, he previously looked a horse with a future at this game when winning his maiden by nine lengths at Sligo.
The paddypower.com Cork Grand National might fall to King Ali. He’s been threatening for a while, producing a decent effort at Galway on Monday when third behind Got Attitude and Wise Old Owl.
Sailors Warn, who showed soft ground holds no fears for him when scampering away with a flat maiden at Sligo in August, can make a winning debut over jumps in the paddypower.com three-year-old Hurdle.
At Leopardstown tomorrow the progressive Obligation, who was far too good for Tiz The Shot at Tipperary, can prove the right choice in the Listed Eyrefield Stakes.
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