Salley the solid option on seasonal debut

THE CLASSY Our Girl Salley can land the nap in the Windows And Doors Supporting Kildare GAA Hurdle at Naas this afternoon.

She rounded off last season with a disappointing effort on good ground at Fairyhouse in April, but it was no reflection of her true ability and is far better judged on decent efforts prior to that.

She was, for instance, particularly good when easily landing a competitive Listed race at Leopardstown at Christmas, revelling in the testing conditions.

Of course her fitness has to be taken on trust, but there is much encouragement to be got from the fact that first time out last season Prunella Dobbs’ charge bolted in by ten lengths at Navan.

Paul Nolan’s Noble Prince faces a simple task against two inferior rivals in the Grade 3 Ben Dunne Gyms Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase.

He had a recent spin on the flat at Navan and that should have left him spot-on for this test. At the Cheltenham festival in March, Noble Prince showed just how good a horse he is when beating the talented Wishfull Thinking decisively in the Jewson Chase.

Winning point-to-pointer Mount Colah gets the nod in the Bumper. He made a promising start on the track when grabbed late and beaten a head by quietly fancied Joxer at Punchestown.

At Leopardstown tomorrow much interest will obviously centre on Sea The Stars’ half-brother, Born To Sea, in the JRA Killavullan Stakes.

He made a big impression on his debut when easily taking a Listed race at the Curragh and is hard to oppose.

Famous Name, with the ground in his favour, is also hard to oppose in the Trigo Stakes. He ran a cracker at Longchamp last time when fourth to Byword in a Group 2.

The form was put in perspective when the second, Cirrus Des Aigles, went on to beat So You Think in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

The nap vote falls on Aidan O’Brien’s once-raced Wonderful in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.

The daughter of Galileo more than caught the eye at Dundalk, second to heavily-backed stable companion, Up.

At Wexford tomorrow Savello, dropped in class following his creditable effort behind Dylan Ross at Fairyhouse, can take the Casey Concrete Gorey Maiden Hurdle.

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