Article looks the real deal

EDWARD O’GRADY’S The Real Article, with Johnny Murtagh a significant booking, can land the nap in the Clonmel Hospice Support Group Maiden at the Tipperary track tonight.

The six-year-old has a very progressive profile and done just about everything required of him thus far by O’Grady.

He won three bumpers and followed by getting off the mark over flights at the first time of asking at Listowel in September.

The Real Article was then absent until reappearing at Limerick 18 days ago, in what looked a hot novice hurdle. The selection finished a creditable third behind two potentially smart horses in The Last Instalment and Farrells Fancy and is certainly entitled to strip fitter on this occasion.

There are a couple of dangers, headed by Greenbelt Star and Leblon, but The Real Article has a touch of class and is the one to beat.

Feature event is the SEPAM Tipperary Perpetual Cup Handicap and the nod here falls on Dermot Weld’s Reach The Stars.

Lightly-raced, she was only having a fourth outing when scoring at Limerick earlier this month.

Well supported in the market, the daughter of Galileo had to dig deep in the closing stages to resist main market-rival, Concrete And Clay, by a short head.

Reach The Stars went up 6lbs for that narrow success, but it is more than offset now by the claim of smart apprentice, Leigh Roche.

Charles Byrnes’ Domination is difficult to oppose in the Clonmel Hospice Support Group Maiden Hurdle.

He landed a modest contest by seven lengths on this track in February, but subsequently lost the race on a technicality. The ground was heavy on that occasion and will be a lot different this evening. That, however, may not be too much of a concern, because Domination scored on a fast surface on the flat at Newbury last summer.

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