Tempo can deliver on debut for Mullins

Willie Mullins’ Tempo Du Camp looks the most interesting horse on show in the Racecourse Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle at Limerick this afternoon.

He is yet another French-import and is owed by the all-conquering Gigginstown House Stud.

Mullins introduced two other ex-French horses over the past seven days, Blood Cotil at Fairyhouse last Wednesday and Diakali at Gowran Park on Saturday, and they both won with any amount in hand.

Now it is the turn of Tempo Du Camp, who has to overcome an absence of 942 days. He is, however, still only a five-year-old and that is hardly a worry.

Tempo Du Camp ran twice in his native country, taking second first time out and then making no mistake with a front-running success in an eleven and a half furlongs 13-runner bumper at Le lion-d’angers in April of 2010.

This is not the most demanding of starts over jumps and it will be surprising should he fail to deliver.

Davy Russell partners Tempo Du Camp, but it will be Ruby Walsh who does the driving aboard Mullins’ Sarabad in the Follow LRC On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.

He has been basically disappointing in three runs since arriving from France, but gets the vote, having hinted there may be better to come on his reappearance.

At Downpatrick two weeks ago, Sarabad tried to make all, but in the end proved no match for Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Jo’burg, going down by nine and a half lengths.

The form is almost certainly ordinary, but it was still an encouraging enough display on the part of the selection and dropping back over two furlongs in trip might be a help.

The nap vote falls on another Walsh mount in the Limerick Racecourse Handicap Hurdle, Last Time d’Albain for Liam Cusack. He went up 10lbs for beating subsequent winner, Followmeuptocarlow, by two lengths at Punchestown last month, but there is every possibly is still ahead of the handicapper.

* The Tipperary Foxhounds point-to-point at Lisronagh in Clonmel, Co Tipperary on next Sunday, December 2, will now commence at 10.30am and not as previously advertised. This is due to the large entry that has been received.

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