Mile High City can get off the mark

TED WALSH’S former winning pointer, Mile High City, has a leading chance of enjoying a first success on the racecourse in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap ’Chase at Down Royal this afternoon.

In this type of contest a capable rider can often prove vital and Walsh has found one in the relatively experienced Andrew McNamara.

On the face of it the selection’s latest outing, at Naas, was quite disappointing, considering he could only manage 10th of 15 finishers behind Darrens Lass.

Strictly on the book he shouldn’t beat fifth placed Andrewjames, who was over four lengths in front of him.

But Mile High City was just starting to work into the race when blundering badly five out and he again erred three from home when battling back into contention.

Best contest of the day is the Bank Of Ireland Hurdle which brings together some useful sorts, headed by Doctor Linton, Heez A Wonder and Kill Devil Hill.

Doctor Linton was impressive when scoring easily at Thurles last week, but didn’t have a lot to beat, while Heez A Wonder appeared a trifle unlucky when going down to Kerryhead Windfarm at Punchestown.

Preference, however, is for the progressive Kill Devil Hill. He ran the race of his life against subsequent Leopardstown winner, Washington Lad, at Fairyhouse and then made no mistake with an emphatic ten lengths victory over yesterday’s Punchestown winner, Teeming Rain, at Clonmel.

The dropped-in-class John Fowler trained Shiminnie gets the nod in the Bank Of Ireland Global Markets Maiden Hurdle.

She finished a creditable fifth behind Akshar at Leopardstown at Christmas and the form has been boosted in the meantime by wins for Ocras Mor (second), Giolla De (fourth) and Aqua Breezer (seventh).

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