Hills can hit the heights

Chiltern Hills, who hit form with a vengeance at Limerick in July, gets the nap in the I.T.B.A Fillies Scheme Hurdle at Listowel this evening.

Willie Mullins’ charge had been plagued by indifferent technique, but the fitting of cheek-pieces at Limerick didn’t half work the oracle.

She jumped and travelled through the contest with real enthusiasm, on the pace from the start and in front from the fifth flight.

The six-year-old then found plenty in the straight and was always going to deliver, beating Cailin Annamh by a comfortable length and a half.

The form is working out well, with Cailin Annamh going on to score twice in the meantime.

You can argue that two-miles may on the short side for the selection, it was two and a half last time, but we can be certain there will be no hanging about, with Ruby Walsh in the plate.

The Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden can go to Jim Bolger’s Chroussa, well drawn in two.

She was highly tried on her latest appearance, failing to make any impact when tenth of ten in a Group 3 at Ascot.

But her previous second placings, behind Perhaps at Leopardstown and Tapestry at the Curragh, give her the winning of this.

The Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Premier Nursery is fiercely competitive, but a little on Michael Halford’s Adelana might reap a dividend. There should be loads of pace in the race and Adelana, who stayed on strongly when landing a maiden at Killarney, might be able to swoop late.

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