Although he finished just behind one of today’s rivals Hurricane Ridge at Punchestown last time, the Willie Mullins-trained grey looks an ideal type for Ballinrobe and is a confident nap choice.
Progressive on the flat last summer, Call Me Bubbles lacked fluency on his hurdling bow, behind Flaxen Flare, at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.
But he impressed when returning to action at Navan in early March, coasting to a smooth five lengths win over Courage.
Upped in class, he made the running in a competitive event at the Punchestown Festivalbefore fading to finish fifth behind Dalasiri, a half-length behind Hurricane Ridge (a winner on the flat at Navan last time), one of his chief rivals here.
Call Me Bubbles handles soft ground and has plenty of gears, two important attributed today. And he’s expected to reverse Punchestown form with Hurricane Ridge and prove too strong for Bayan, which beat Courage by only a half-length in his maiden hurdle success at Cork before landing a maiden at Dundalk.
Dermot Weld has won the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Race twice in the last three years and should land the spoils again tonight with odds-on favourite Salhooda.
Beaten on her debut in Killarney as a juvenile, this Nayef filly went on to beat Hanky Panky in a Curragh maiden in September.
On her recent seasonal debut, Salhooda contested the Cheshire Oaks in Chester and, having tracked the leaders throughout, faded late to finish fifth (beaten less than five lengths) behind Banoffee.
Dropping in class and trip in tonight’s five runner affair, the Dermot Weld filly should not be opposed.
And Eric McNamara’s Little Green, successful over two miles at Clonmel last time, might be capable of following-up, off a 5lb. higher mark, in the Ladies Day June 25 Handicap.