Well handicapped Carrigeen Kalmia looks outstanding

CARRIGEEN KALMIA holds outstanding claims in the Littleton Handicap Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

Dick Lalor's mare has never won over flights and hasn't contested a hurdle race since April of 2005.

Essentially, she has shown little or nothing as a timber-topper and, as a consequence, gets in off a paltry mark of 90.

The daughter of Norwich has shown dramatic improvement over fences in the meantime, however, and may have plenty in hand of this opposition!

Carrigeen Kalmia has won her last two chases, having luck on her side at this track, prior to pouncing late when beating In The High Grass a head at Leopardstown. She now has an all-time high rating over fences of 128 and the fact the eight-year-old competes here off a rating 38lbs below that tells us all we need to know.

Course and distance winner, Willie Mullins' Templars Hall, gets the vote in the Horse and Jockey Handicap Chase.

He performed well enough, over two miles and six, at Thurles last time when third to Abbeytown and Ballyfinney and this looks decidedly easier.

The frustrating Salt Lake, whose form figures make almost sorry reading, is the one to beat in the Urlingford Maiden Hurdle.

He is difficult to catch right, but is down in class, following his third to View Mount Prince and Dolphin Bay in a Leopardstown handicap at Christmas, and is given a final chance.

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