The Turtle Island gelding was light in the market on his debut at Naas, but produced a display which indicated his turn would come sooner rather than later!
The six-year-old arrived with every chance in the straight, but in the end was outbattled and beaten a length and a quarter by the relatively experienced Coole River. Hopefully, Carra Coranna will come on plenty for the run and gets the nap in a contest in which a case can be made for only a handful.
The featured Listed Imperial Call Chase may be best left to Mullins’ Candy Girl. Her last success over fences came in a Grade 2 at Limerick back in April, slamming Drunken Disorderly four and a half lengths over three miles.
The selection hasn’t been seen since chasing home Dancing Tornado over flights at Leopardstown at Christmas, but Mullins will surely have her geared up for this test.
At Dundalk today Imco Spirit is fancied to land the Greenore Maiden, having finished a length and a half second to Signal Fire on his first outing of the season on this track.
At Fairyhouse tomorrow the Powers’ Gold Cup can fall to Dusty Sheehy’s Trafford Lad. The only previous Grade 1 winner in the field, he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, but still is the percentage call.
His comfortable defeat of Forpadydeplasterer in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse is clearly the best form carried into the race by any of the contestants.
Trafford Lad reportedly didn’t scope clean when third to Cooldine and Forpadydeplaster in the Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown last time, but both of those horses did go on to win at Cheltenham.
Voler La Vedette, who beat subsequent winner, Smoking Aces, at Leopardstown, is preferred to Oligarch Society in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares Novice Hurdle.
Kempes gets the nod in the Grade 2 Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle. His performance when down the field behind Go Native at Cheltenham can be safely ignored, after he almost fell at the first. Prior to that, he won in good style at Navan and Leopardstown.
The frustrating Uimhiraceathair gets the nap to land the wide-open 25-runner INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle.
He could only plug on one-paced when beaten by Lenabane ovr two and a half miles at Gowran Park and can now finally come into his own, moving up to three miles for the first time.
At Cork tomorrow row in with Dermot Weld’s Moving Heart in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden. She didn’t perform at all badly when fifth to Roses For The Lady at Leopardstown and is now fitted with blinkers for the first time.