Foyle fancied

THE FOYLE is fancied to redeem the promise of a decent effort at Cork last month by landing the Templemore Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

Successful at the first time of asking for Pat Doyle in a bumper at Ballinrobe back in May, The Foyle was having his initial outing at Cork for trainer, David Wachman, and owner, J P McManus.

He certainly indicated his turn would not be long delayed when finishing three lengths second to the Edward O’Grady hot-pot, Overbury Affair, who is also owned by McManus.

One More Minute, half a length runner-up to Ardsallagh’s Lark at Punchestown, looks the danger, but The Foyle could be a star of the future and is the choice.

Royal Alphabet, a talented horse when on song, can make a winning debut over fences in the Killinan Beginners Chase. On his latest appearance, he clearly had an off-day when a poor fourth behind Accordion Etoile at Tipperary in July.

The selection, however, is surely better judged on a cracking effort at the Punchestown Festival, third to Brave Inca and Royal Shakespeare.

Sweet Kiln, despite doubts about the ground being on the fast side and the trip on the short side, gets the vote to get away to a flier over flights in the Toboradora Maiden Hurdle.

This three-times bumper success-story wasn’t disgraced on the level at Navan last time when fourth to Back In Front. She will surely attempt to make all the running and can do the business.

Mouse Morris’ War Of Attrition, a highly creditable neck second to Brave Inca in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, starts off over fences in the opening Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase. Morris has warned that the five-year-old is far from fully wound-up and likely to come on plenty for the outing. Nevertheless, he is different class to these rivals and gets the nod.

The conditions of the Thurles Chase aren’t exactly in favour of Charlie Swan’s Oh Be The Hokey, but he does seem the most reliable proposition, having run a smashing race behind Tasman over hurdles at Cork.

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