Rathlin can lead rivals merry dance

Rathlin, despite fears the trip might prove on the short side, gets the nap in a fascinating Dermot Hughes Car Sales Chase at Roscommon tonight.

There is the obvious possibility that two miles will not showcase the selection’s talents to best effect, but it is a chance worth taking.

The credit side is that Mouse Morris’ charge is currently in the form of his life, as he indicated over two miles and six at Punchestown last time.

He jumped and travelled like a dream through that contest, hardly breaking sweat to beat the veteran, Treacle, by 19 lengths.

The progressive Tribes And Banner won the same day at Punchestown, over two and a quarter miles, by 11 lengths and has just 2lbs to find with Rathlin.

Steps To Freedom is a classy recruit to chasing, while Arnaud surprised the high-class Rebel Fitz at Killarney. Rathlin, however, to lead them all a merry dance is the prediction.

David Wachman’s Inkerman is the choice in the opening Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fund Maiden for colts and geldings.

The son of Duke Of Marmalade is no star, on the evidence of his debut fourth behind John Oxx’s newcomer, Flashy Approach, at Gowran Park last month, but this does look a modest heat.

Dermot Weld’s Military Device gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden.

He was essentially disappointing in four outings last season, producing his best effort, on his third appearance, when second at Gowran Park in September.

Military Device never met a fast surface, though, and perhaps that may see him in a more favourable light, in what is a bad race.

Edward O’Grady’s The Real Article, a classy sort when on song, and who will love the ground, can land the Ladies’ Day At Roscommon On July 8th Beginners Chase.

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