Style can go one better

STYLE OF CAMPILE can redeem the promise of a recent run at Galway by landing the Templemore Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

Noel Meade’s charge travelled like a dream through that Ballybrit contest, looking very much the likely winner approaching the home turn.

Paul Carberry soon allowed her to stride on and, for a few strides at least, seemed to have put the issue to bed.

Ruby Walsh, however, had other ideas and a power-packed finish from the champion jockey saw odds-on favourite Apt Manor get up close home to nail the selection by a neck.

Style Of Campile lost little in defeat and, hopefully, full compensation now awaits!

Feature event is the Listed Wilderness Chase, as tricky a heat as you could get, despite the fact it has attracted only five runners. We have to dismiss the possibility of Pink Suitcase obliging, but none of the other four can be overly trusted.

The final nod falls on Dessie Hughes’ Rare Bob, who did not make the progress anticipated last season, but at least has the benefit of a recent spin on the flat.

The travels in the market of both Up Ou That and Gran Torino will be worth monitoring, in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.

From this range, though, the nod falls on Mags Mullins’ Down In Neworleans, who wasn’t disgraced at Listowel when third behind Ballyhaunis and subsequent winner, Gala Dancer.

Tom Mullins’ Bob Lingo gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase. He may not be the strongest of finishers, but at least is fit and ran well when third to Noble Prince and Healys Bar at Punchestown last week.

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