Fast ground will suit Royal Alphabet

WILLIE MULLINS’ Royal Alphabet gets the nap to land the Denny Havasnack Race at Tralee this afternoon.

He is a classy sort, when on song, and the fast surface will prove ideal.

The five-year-old found the ease in the ground against him at Galway last time when sixth of 12 behind stable companion, Holy Orders. The selection is best judged on two efforts in the spring. At Fairyhouse in April, he won a bumper in fine style and then ran a cracker at the Punchestown Festival in April.

In a hot winners’ bumper, Royal Alphabet only gave best to Nicky Henderson’s well-regarded Royal Rosa.

On the handicapper’s ratings Quality Team would be a certainty and Royal Alphabet has to meet him on 26lbs worse terms than in a handicap.

Quality Team ran a fine race, on his seasonal debut, when fifth to Blue Corrig at Down Royal.

But he’s not to be trusted and had a lot in hand in this contest a year ago and could only manage fourth place behind Vatirisk.

Val O’Brien’s Ballygill Heights can land the Tom McGiff Plumbing Maiden Hurdle, despite a poor effort at Galway.

She finished 18th of 21 finishers in the handicap won by Perfect Present. But Ballygill Heights never looked happy travelling right-handed and was quite impressive when making all to win a bumper at Killarney previously.

Arthur Moore’s Blanc C’est Blanc looks the right one in the Ballygarry House Hotel Maiden Hurdle.

He’s had a couple of pops over flights and showed all the right qualities when winning a bumper at the Galway Festival.

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