The fact Tony McCoy makes the trip across the Irish Sea to partner the ten-year-old is a plus and Glenfinn Captain has a lot going for him.
He comes here on the back of a decent effort at Gowran Park last month. The selection beat Carthalawn, successful next time at Naas, by three lengths and had Watson Lake (levels) a further 16 lengths away in third.
Glenfinn Captain has a minimum of 14lbs in hand of all of his other rivals and only has to give his running to deliver!
Deutschland and Aran Concerto promise a fascinating tussle in the Kilberry Novice Chase. There’s little doubt Aran Concerto is the better horse, but he was absent for a long time until reappearing at Navan back in November.
Noel Meade’s charge jumped beautifully and strolled to victory on that occasion, but it is disconcerting he has not been seen in the meantime.
In contrast there are no worries regarding Deutschland, who was far too good for Majestic Concorde at Leopardstown, and he is preferred.
Earth Mother may be worth a final chance in the 30-runner Slane Mares Maiden Hurdle. She has finished second so often there have to be question marks about her resolve in a finish.
Willie Mullins’ inmate, however, has her sights lowered, having chased home the smart Oligarch Society in a Listed race at Limerick 13 days ago.
At Leopardstown tomorrow much interest will centre on the seasonal debut of Jim Bolger’s Intense Focus in the 2000 Guineas Trial.
He ran no less than nine times as a juvenile, rounding off his campaign with a gutsy display to land the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. The son of Giant’s Causeway has a lot in hand at the weights and there seems no good reason to oppose him!
Bolger’s Three Rocks is worth a wager in the Leopardstown Aertel Page 277 Handicap. The four-year-old impressed when winning at the Curragh last Sunday and going up 11lbs may not stop him, with an extra furlong to travel now.
The 1000 Guineas Trial is best left to David Wachman’s Chintz, who rounded off her two-year-old career by winning a Group 3 at the Curragh.
At Downpatrick tomorrow Borrowaddy, down in trip and grade, after running well below par behind Lurgan at Thurles, gets the nap in the Toals Bet On Goals Galore Hurdle.
As a son of Presenting, the likelihood is that he will be well suited by the drying surface.