Benash can finally get off the mark

Benash, the oldest horse in the field at nine, can land the nap in the €540 Average Tote Placepot Dividend Maiden at Ballinrobe tonight.

The versatile sort has threatened to get off the mark on the flat in the past and certainly produced a solid performance last time,

It came over this course and distance when two and a quarter lengths second behind the useful Joe Murphy-trained Jack Daddy.

A reproduction of that effort will give John Carr’s charge every chance of beating Storm Away and Cullentry Royal.

Harry Rogers’ Strandfield Lady can take the five-runner €3,000 Tote Jackpot Guarantee Rated Race.

She’s in good form right now, taking second to Majestic Jasmine at Fairyhouse and doing even better when a creditable fifth behind Tandem in a very valuable handicap at Leopardstown last week.

Bad will beat worse and, on that basis, Aidan O’Brien’s Lake Nova gets the vote in the Tote Win 24% Better Than Bookmakers’ Maiden.

The son of Montjeu is very ordinary, but looks worth chancing, after being slowly away when third behind Saxo Jack and Al Destoor at Leopardstown.

Hospital, who was returning from a break when second to Kilcarry Bridge at Sligo in May, can squeeze through the moderate Tote Return All Profits To Irish Racing Maiden Hurdle.

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