Row in with Bless

Willie Mullins’ Bless N’eject is preferred to Aidan O’Brien’s King Leon in the T And V Novice Hurdle at Kilbeggan tonight.

Bless N’eject would be miles down the pecking order in the powerful Mullins establishment, but certainly seems to possess enough ability to land this.

Following a couple of disappointing efforts, the selection was afforded a decent break, before returning to action at Punchestown last month.

Nicely supported in the market in that three miler, Bless N’eject showed his liking for a sound surface, staying on strongly in the closing stages to beat Star Power by two lengths.

The form received a minor boost when Star Power took a modest contest at Gowran Park on Saturday.

The progressive King Leon shapes as the main danger, having found plenty for pressure when holding Keppols Queen by a length in a two and a half mile maiden hurdle at Ballinrobe.

Jessica Harrington’s Cailin Annamh is the choice in the Midlands National Ladies Day July 18th Novice Chase.

A good money-spinner over flights for connections, the six-year-old has taken reasonably well to fences.

Successful at Limerick, she stepped up in class at Punchestown last time to finish three parts of a length and the same third behind Away We Go and Pageboy.

They are useful horses and this is a far easier assignment for Cailin Annamh. A further plus is that the mare has already won twice around here.

Tony Martin’s Cassells Rock gets the vote in the Easyfix Rubber Products Maiden Hurdle.

He proved no match for Erlkonig at Tipperary, finishing seven lengths second, but the form was boosted when the fourth, Polished Rock, scored at Gowran Park two days ago.

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