Bill can leave below par efforts behind

FOR BILL can leave two relatively disappointing recent efforts behind by landing the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares Beginners Chase at Thurles this afternoon.

Hugely progressive last season, the daughter of Presenting rounded off a terrific campaign with a decisive eight lengths defeat of the high-class Morning Supreme in a Grade 3 hurdle at Fairyhouse in April.

But things have not worked out so far this season for the six-year-old. She had her first outing over fences, surely her true calling, in another Grade 3 at Clonmel in November.

Uneasy in the market, For Bill could only manage third behind Blazing Tempo and Cool Quest, although it is obviously worth noting that the two horses who beat her have boosted the form in the meantime.

The selection was then returned to flights in a Listed event at Leopardstown at Christmas and went off a well-backed favourite.

She again performed below par though, finishing fourth behind the impressive Our Girl Salley. There was little pace for much of the contest, however, and the selection appeared to be caught flat-footed at a vital stage.

For Bill is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, at least for the moment, and unless she has deteriorated dramatically can outclass this opposition.

Davy Russell partners For Bill and also has a number of other possibilities, headed by Big Secret in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.

He has a couple of spins over fences under his belt and arrives now on the back of a win in a maiden hurdle at Limerick.

Saddlers Storm, if the market speaks in his favour and the highest rated in the race, could be another for Russell in the Tote Jackpot Rollover Race.

Back Of The Pack, competing off a mark 39lbs below her rating over fences, sticks out like a sore thumb in the Tote Trifecta Handicap Hurdle!

If Bishopsfurze gets his jumping together then Willie Mullins’ gelding looks the most likely in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Novice Hurdle.

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