Make Your Mark poised for second success over hurdles

Make Your Mark might be good enough to register his second hurdle success in the Friday Evening Racing Hurdle in Cork tonight.

This seven-runner conditions event looks particularly tricky. And the Willie Mullins-trained selection has a bit to find with 2011 Moon Dice on official figures.

But Make Your Mark is open to further improvement and, with Ruby Walsh in the saddle, the Gigginstown gelding can prevail.

Winner of his maiden at Leopardstown’s 2011 Christmas meeting, Make Your Mark finished third to Boston Bob in a Grade 2 ‘novice’ at Leopardstown and filled seventh spot in the ‘Neptune’, won by Simonsig, at Cheltenham last year.

This season, after a third to Roc Critic at Fairyhouse, he ran creditably off 133 when fourth to Salubrious in the ‘Martin Pipe’ at Cheltenham and was far from disgraced last time, when fifth to stable-companion The Paparrazi Kid in a handicap at the Punchestowen Festival.

Dropping back to two miles, Make Your Mark is preferred to the lightly-raced Moon Dice, far from convincing over fences, although successful on this track back in October, and rated 7lb. superior to the selection.

Others in the mix are Dancing Tornado, from the in-form yard of Michael Hourigan, and Shadow Catcher, tongue-tied for the first time but holding obvious claims on his County Hurdle fourth to Ted Veale.

Ruby Walsh has double prospects on Hourigan’s The Crafty Butcher, third to Beau Michael at Punchestown last time, in the Father’s Day Racing June 16 Handicap Hurdle.

The Charles Byrnes-trained Moscow Chief, fourth to Perfect Gentleman at Punchestown recently, can take the Friday July 12 Maiden Hurdle.

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