The handicapper says that Jack Daddy is 8lbs better than his rival and, if he is right, then grabbing some profit will not be our lot. Jack Daddy, however, is a little bit in and out, although running promisingly on his latest appearance when third behind Solo Performer and Alhellal at Roscommon two weeks ago.
It does, obviously, require a leap of faith to be with Dancers Dilemma, whose only real claim to fame thus far is taking a bumper in smooth style on this track over a year ago.
The ground was good that day and the selection has never got his ideal conditions in the meantime.
He returned to action at Fairyhouse earlier in the month, finishing seventh of ten behind Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer, Venus De Milo. Dancers Dilemma was bang there approaching the home turn, before lack of a recent outing and the rain-softened surface took their roll. Dermot Weld’s eight-year-old is surely being geared at the Galway festival, probably over flights, and we will certainly be seeking encouragement now, with that in mind.
Weld could also take the tricky Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden with Late Rosebud.
She was hampered close home when third behind General Brook and Silver Lightening at Fairyhouse and, hopefully, an extra two furlongs here will bring about the necessary improvement.
John Joe Walsh’s Love On Top gets the vote in the Purcell Construction Maiden Hurdle.
She beat Desert Hall and Some Officer in a bumper here at Ballinrobe last month and it’s a contest that has been working out reasonably well.