Alpine Eagle poised to strike

ALPINE EAGLE, a useful sort on the flat, can enjoy his first success over jumps in the Cahir Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

Once again the Tipperary track produces the type of card which appeals to punters, with five non-handicaps among the seven races, so it could be lively enough in the betting ring.

In any case, Jessica Harrington’s Alpine Eagle has turned in two promising efforts of late and should now be poised to strike.

He was fifth to Head Of The River at Gowran Park and was subsequently the medium of some inspired support at Cork.

The Golan gelding was slightly unlucky not to land the wagers, finishing to real effect, but failing by a head to reel in Mythical Prince.

Cooldine, who has the potential to go a long way, makes his debut over fences in the opening Beginners Chase.

The ex-winning pointer went from strength to strength over flights last season and is head and shoulders over these rivals.

His travels in the market, however, will surely be all important. The distance round here, just over two and a quarter miles, does appear a trifle on the short side and it is well to remember that it took two outings last campaign for Cooldine to hit top gear.

If fit and fancied he is well capable of dismissing this opposition, trip on the short side or not, and, from this range, gets the vote.

Carrigeen King is the nap choice in the Templemore Handicap Chase. By my reckoning the handicapper has not been hard on Dick Lalor’s charge, considering he was a creditable second behind the talented Footy Facts on this track last time.

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