Magical Memoir can build on decent Ballinrobe effort

MAGICAL MEMOIR can prove the bet of the weekend in the Hurdle at the Kilkenny track tomorrow.

Jessica Harrington’s mare is on the upgrade and fancied to build on a decent performance at Ballinrobe last time.

Powerfully handled by Barry Geraghty, again in the plate, she was taken to the front shortly after the second last.

Market rival Scottish Boogie was soon giving chase, but couldn’t get in a real blow and there were four lengths between them at the line.

Devils Bit, a useful sort with a rating of 123, is an obvious danger, but Magical Memoir has a good attitude and will take plenty of beating.

Christy Roche’s Golden Ticket, who has previous experience over flights, gets the vote in the Goresbridge Maiden Hurdle.

He revealed his true colours when landing a gamble in a Punchestown bumper last month, beating Morning Ireland by a length and a half.

The fact the third horse was a further 22 lengths adrift speaks for itself.

The first division of the Paulstown Maiden Hurdle can fall to Ted Walsh’s God’s County.

He left a couple of disappointing efforts nicely behind on his latest appearance at Clonmel.

Going off an easy to back 8-1 shot, he stayed on really well when beaten a head into second by Presenting Nana and may progress again.

Tom Mullins’ Tavern Times can outclass his rivals in the Maiden Hurdle.

He’s clearly had problems and hasn’t been since finishing a promising third behind Darwins Fox and Tornedo Shay at Naas in January.

His fitness has to be taken on trust, but this is a weak race and, considering he was good enough to claim fourth in the Cheltenham Bumper to Al Ferof, is worth risking.

Feature at Down Royal today is the valuable Magners’ Ulster Derby. In a seriously competitive handicap, the hopeful nod goes to Force Of Habit.

He was third to Strandfield Lady at Leopardstown last time and that horse went in again at Leopardstown on Thursday night.

John Oxx’s Sinntani is the nap choice in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden. He made little show first time out, but was then third to Parkers Mill and Cannon Hill at Tipperary and appears capable of taking a modest contest such as this.

Stylish One, grabbed late and beaten a short head by Marvada at Cork, gets the vote in the EBF Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks.

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