Skylancer has plenty going for him in maiden hurdle

NOEL MEADE’S Skylancer can take the second division of the Charlie Chute Memorial Maiden Hurdle at the final stage of the Listowel Festival this afternoon.

He made a promising seasonal debut at Downpatrick last month and has plenty going for him now.

Dermot Weld’s Noble Crusader was a warm order for that particular contest, but Skylancer seemed to be travelling better than him heading to the final flight.

Noble Crusader battled on powerfully however, and, in the end, Skylancer was run out of second close home by Le Reveur.

Hopefully, the selection will have come on plenty for the outing and dropping down over two and a half furlongs in trip looks in his favour.

Meade can also win the first division of the same contest with the ex-German horse, Champus.

This looks the weaker section and Champus has been successful three times on the level, the latest coming on soft ground at Munich in October.

The last heat of the meeting, the Listowel Races Supporters’ Club Slan Abhaile Race, is a fitting finale, bringing together some very smarts sorts.

The vote has to go to Cork All Star, who has a real engine, but has been held back over flights by indifferent jumping.

The frustrating The Patriarch Game might finally enjoy a turn in the three mile Charleville Cheese Maiden Hurdle.

He is at least going the right way, was runner-up behind Noble Commander at Down Royal last time, and has a big edge in experience on useful bumper horse, Limestone Cowboy.

Aidan O’Brien has real prospects of a treble at Dundalk today. His Love To Dance rates a solid wager in the Tallanstown Fillies Maiden, having run a cracker when third to Katiyra in a Group 2 at the Curragh a week ago.

The Ballydoyle maestro can also take both division of the Knockbridge Maiden with William Hogarth and Tale Of Two Cities.

If William Hogarth reproduces his second to Winchester at Leopardstown back in April then he will make short work of the opposition in the first.

The High Chaparral colt was out of his depth on his latest appearance when down the field in a Group 1 at Longchamp.

The second division will take little winning and Tale Of Two Cities, absent since finishing seventh in a Newmarket maiden in April, gets the vote.

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