Celestial Wave can continue on upward curve

CELESTIAL WAVE, unbeaten in two starts over flights, can continue on an upward curve in the Dawn Omega Milk EBF Mares Novice Hurdle at Limerick tomorrow.

Adrian Maguire’s Limerick bumper winner has been highly impressive in both outings over jumps.

A clear-cut winner over two and a half miles at Clonmel in December, Celestial Wave again ran her rivals ragged when slamming Brogella nine lengths in a Listed hurdle over the same trip at Leopardstown later that month.

This highly-rated front-runner shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the step back in trip and can complete a hat-trick at the expense of another improving sort, Mise En Place, also bidding for a three-timer following wins at Thurles and Cork.

American Jennie can land the Bank Of Ireland EBF Mares Novice Chase.

Michael Cullen’s eight-year-old ran a cracker when chasing home Church Island in a Grade 2 chase at Navan last month and, back against her own sex, looks the business.

The highly progressive Nine O, who only needed to be pushed out from the last when making it five wins from his last six starts at Limerick earlier this month, three over flights and two over fences, can overcome another 10lbs hike in the Signsplus Handicap Chase.

The consistent On Reflection, third behind Mister Top Notch at Leopardstown recently, is sure to be popular in the Robert Butler Developments Maiden Hurdle but it may pay to take a chance on Killeroran Kash.

The Oscar mare was doing her best work in the closing stages when fourth behind Well Mounted at Punchestown last month and should appreciate the step up in trip.

Cosmo King, second at Punchestown, gave the form a boost when recording a clear-cut success at Thurles last week.

Punters can have a winning start at Gowran today by supporting Bakers’ Bridge in the opening Cheltenham Hangover Maiden Hurdle.

Tom Taaffe’s five-year-old showed enough when chasing home Royal County Star in a handicap hurdle at Punchestown last month to suggest a contest like this is well within his range.

Ballyfinney, a beaten favourite when second behind Broom Maker at Clonmel a fortnight ago, looks to have been found a suitable opportunity in the Gowran Farmers Market Maiden Hurdle.

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