Natural set to Storm home

RUBY WALSH can strike a major blow in his quest to be champion jockey by landing a double at Tramore tomorrow with Natural Storm and Macs Flamingo.

Natural Storm, who has threatened to deliver on a couple of occasions, should find the opposition in the Crobally Beginners Chase to his liking and gets the nap.

Francis Flood’s gelding was a beaten favourite last time out at Thurles, finishing third behind Haggle Twins and Newtown Dancer.

That form, however, received a minor boost subsequently when fourth placed Top Strategy went on to score at Navan.

Prior to Thurles, the selection was beaten into second spot by Brutto Facie at Gowran Park and only failed by a neck to Ivan De Vonnas at Punchestown.

Pat Fahy’s horses have been way below-par for most of the season, but his Mariah Rollins ran a cracker at Aintree yesterday, which may signal an upturn in the trainer’s fortunes.

His Macs Flamingo, successful on this track previously, holds a leading chance in the moderate Waterford and Tramore Directors’ Chase.

At his best he would almost certainly make short work of these and the six-year-old was in a different league on his latest appearance when a remote fourth to In Compliance at Leopardstown.

Kicking King’s half-brother Fiery Lord, runner-up to Woodbine Willie at Clonmel, should run a big race in the Bumper.

At the Curragh tomorrow, David Wachman’s mud-loving Danehill Music is the choice in the Listed Oak Lodge Sires Loughbrown Stakes.

She has a big advantage over her principal rivals, having a run under her belt, which yielded a two lengths defeat of Utterly Heaven in a Group Three on this track last month.

Tommy Stack’s Tolpuddle, fit from hurdling and with a spin on the level as well, is a hopeful choice in the other Listed event, the Alleged Stakes.

He had 10-1 in the plate when fourth behind Bawaader in the Irish Lincoln at the Curragh and meets third placed Kalderon on 5lbs better terms for a beating of a head.

If Aidan O’Brien’s Ad Valorem puts his best foot forward then the Group Three Gladness Stakes should go his way.

His third in the Sussex Stakes to Proclamation and Soviet Song at Goodwood in July speaks for itself in the context of this contest.

Dermot Weld’s Michikabu, beaten a neck on her debut by Decado at Leopardstown in November, can take the P G Duffy and Sons Citroen EBF Fillies Maiden.

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