Shuil Aris looks different class

SHUIL ARIS, with the conditions of the contest stacked in the six-year-old’s favour, cannot be opposed in the Kirbys’ Pharmacy Hurdle at Tipperary this afternoon.

Paul Nolan’s mare has a minimum of 16lbs in hand of her rivals and, if running anywhere near her best, surely has to be poised to enjoy a first success over flights.

The selection was last seen in a Grade 3 at the Punchestown Festival in April, finishing two and a half lengths second to Grangeclare Lark.

That race was over two and a quarter miles, Shuil Aris appeared to find it on the short side, and before that, over two and a half, she ran Grangeclare Lark to a short head at Fairyhouse. Both efforts indicate she is in a different league to this opposition.

Dermot Weld’s Flexible Friend gets the nap in the Sponsor A Race in 2008 three-year-old Maiden Hurdle. A moderate horse on the flat, Flexible Friend showed little on his first outing over jumps, but looked an entirely different proposition next time.

At Clonmel nine days ago he finished a length and a quarter runner-up behind Sheshali and that now looks a smart effort, in the light of Sheshali following up in good style at Gowran Park on Saturday.

Mr Muji, who landed some decent wagers when winning a bumper at Navan, will be a popular choice in the Holycross Maiden Hurdle.

Noel Meade’s gelding is bound to have been well schooled and it will be a surprise should he not go off favourite.

Narrow preference, however, is for the relatively experienced Oronoco Flow, who was grabbed in the final stride by Megans Joy, also at Navan.

Former point-to-point winner Call Bewleys, who has only been marking time as a hurdler, can make a winning start over fences in the first division of the Well Chosen @ Kedrah House Stud Beginners Chase.

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