The Sirsan gelding got the better of the favourite, Gallileo Strike, in an exciting finish to the Dromahane Handicap Hurdle at Cork 11days ago, having previously been successful in the Jack Duggan Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Gowran.
Always well placed in the latter race he took it up at the final flight and kept on well on the flat to score by a length and a half from Love Ditty.Although he has gone up in the weight the handicapper has yet to get his measure and he is taken to score again at the expense of Lisa Baker.
The Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Claiming Race is the most valuable race on a mixed card and, as usual, will take some sorting out as these races are usually trappy affairs.
Bobington, from the Eddie Lynam Stable, ran an excellent race at Tramore last month when going under by a short head to 16-1 outsider Platium Starlight when giving the winner 19 pounds and was far from disgraced when fourth to the Tommy Stack trained Beucaire in a nine furlong race at Ballinrobe last Friday. The three year old is clearly in the upgrade and deserves a change of fortune.
Barry Geraghty, who is having a very successful season, may be worth following when he partners Galway Blade in the Munster Handicap Hurdle. The Fautus gelding has shown a return to something like his best form of late, finishing second in his last two outings. He was runner-up to It Wasn’t Me in a two mile handicap hurdle at Sligo, going under by two lengths, and then chased Aliwaiyn home at Downpatrick over a two furlong longer trip. He could be better suited by this evening’s two and a half miles trip and should make it third time lucky. Jessica Harrington’s Carvilla has shown promising form of late and could be the one he has to beat.
The best bet on the card could be the Pat Fahey trained Snack Box in the Bumper. The six year old has shown consistent form of late, finishing a length second to Dereen Boy in an extended two mile Ladies Flat Race at Downpatrick ten day days ago, having previous finished third, beaten a total of a length by Galtee View at Tramore. He is improving with each race and can finally come good this time.