Dynasty the pickwith conditionsin her favour

THE Michael O’Brien trained Flavian Dynasty will be hard to beat in the Tipperary Hurdle at Tipperary this evening!

She warmed up for this with a decent effort on the flat at Downpatrick on Friday night, revelling in the fast ground to take a 13 furlongs maiden by eight lengths.

That was the selection’s first run since a relatively poor effort over flights, on a soft surface, when fifth to Diego Garcia at Limerick in February.

Prior to that at Down Royal, ground yielding, Flavian Dynasty was beaten half a length into second spot by ultra-smart stable companion, Essex.

John Oxx’s Hamairi can hardly be opposed in the Pat Ryan Senators Windows Maiden over an extended seven furlongs. Touched off by Last Love at Leopardstown and previously fourth to Book Of Kings and subsequent winners, Cairdeas and Akarem, at the Curragh, he looks different class to his rivals.

Another who shouldn’t be opposed is Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer, Cougar Cat, in the opening Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

Ballydoyle has had a dreadful few weeks, but the juveniles are going well and this son of Storm Cat has little to beat.

The Ballykisteen Maiden Hurdle should mainly concern Louisville and Sky To Sea, two horses who have disappointed more often than not.

Sky To Sea is down in grade, having finished fifth to Diego Garcia at Ballinrobe, but preference is for Louisville, who finished with a flourish when beaten a short head by O’Driscoll at Fairyhouse.

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