Promising Solerina will take beating

THE Bowe family, looking forward to Limestone Lad at Fairyhouse on Sunday, can enjoy an aperitif, before the main course, via Solerina at Thurles this afternoon.

A very progressive mare, with an excellent attitude, the daughter of Toulon should take all the beating.

She scored over flights on this track earlier in the month, making all the running to beat Windfall by an easy three and a half lengths.

That was an ordinary contest, but Solerina then covered herself in glory when stepped way up in class in the Grade Three Monksfield Hurdle at Navan.

She was beaten two lengths into second spot by the exciting Pizarro and the form appears rock solid, considering the third, Nonchalant, was a further 20 lengths behind in third spot.

Smart bumper horse Scarthy Lad is taken to make a winning debut over jumps in the Clonoulty Maiden Hurdle.

He made a spectacular start when slamming Liberman, runner-up to Rhinestone Cowboy at Cheltenham recently, by 20 lengths at Limerick back in March.

It would be wrong to take a literal view of that race, however, on the basis Liberman improved dramatically after.

Nevertheless, Scarthy Lad ran well subsequently when a creditable third to Hardy Eustace and Central House, both winners over hurdles already this season, at Fairyhouse.

Edward O’Grady’s French-import, Kinimba, is obviously one to note in the market.

He has useful form on the level to his credit, including landing a listed race, and handles the testing conditions.

Conor O’Dwyer takes the ride on Scarthy Lad and he can initiate a double aboard Eskimo Jack in the EBF Beginners ’Chase.

Eskimo Jack was third in a moderate event at Clonmel, on his first pop over fences, behind Bennie’s Pride and Hedgehunter, but this was always going to be his game.

Bringontheclowns, a winner twice for Aidan O’Brien as a two-year-old and now in the care of Tony Mullins, is a hopeful choice in the Cahir Maiden Hurdle.

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