Portant Fella can complete hat-trick

PORTANT FELLA looks a good bet to complete a hat-trick in the Derek Plant Farm Machinery Handicap at Bellewstown tonight.

The four-year-old makes a quick reappearance, having been a winning favourite in a two mile hurdle at Sligo on Monday. He had previously won over a mile on the flat at Naas when short heading Wimbledon.

Over a similar trip tonight and with Pat Cosgrove (who won on him at Naas) again in the saddle and taking a useful 3lbs off, the Greensmith gelding can see off National Honour, winner of a handicap at Cork at the end of May but who, on a line through Wimbledon, has a bit to find with the selection.

The most valuable race on the card, the Bellewstown Festival Inter Vintners Cup Q.R. Stakes, can go to the Eddie O’Grady trained Windsor Boy.

The selection took a similar event over this evening’s trip at Leopardstown when beating hot favourite Golovin by two lengths last time out, and looks set to follow up at the expense Felix The Great, who came good winning a novice hurdle at Wexford last month.

The progressive Mirpour can complete a hat-trick in the opening Potato Protection Novice Hurdle.

He took a similar event when beating Green Belt Flyer at Navan last Monday week, having previously seen off Russian Comrade at Punchestown at the end of May. Clearly a horse on the upgrade, Mirpour is hard to oppose here.

Timothy Doyle’s juvenile, Alabama Blues, made an eye-catching debut at Cork last month when running the favourite, Sadann, to a neck in a mile maiden and the Desert King filly looks poised to go one better in the Tattersalls Ireland Maiden Stakes.

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