Progressive Tully East can send rivals heading south

The Alan Fleming-trained Tully East can land the nap in the McCarthy Insurance Group Bumper at Cork this afternoon.

The Shantou gelding made his debut at Naas in early November, finishing third behind The Big Apple, but was subsequently disqualified after his rider failed to weigh in.

Then 22 days later, the selection went to Fairyhouse and showed significant improvement.

He attempted to make all of the running, but was grabbed inside the furlong pole and beaten three lengths into second by Identity Thief. The form looks solid, given that Identity Thief went on to score over hurdles at Leopardstown.

Fleming is fancied to initiate a double with Investmentsuccess in the McCarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle.

He had his first start over jumps at Naas in October and proved a costly failure, after going off a heavily backed favourite.

The seven-year-old finished only fifth behind Mill Forge, in what was a modest contest.

He pulled much too hard for his own good, however, and, wisely, has since been afforded a decent break.

Prior to Naas, he took a bumper in style, from four subsequent winners, at Fairyhouse in April and it is far too early to be giving up on him.

Two falls, in as many efforts over fences, isn’t a great recommendation, but Somethingwonderful still gets the nod in the McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase.

He was in front when departing two out at Thurles, race won by Aerlite Supreme, and then fell at the fifth when trying to pursue Un de Sceaux at Fairyhouse.

Somethingwonderful is actually not a bad jumper and may be worth risking.

Willie Mullins’ Tell Us More, a horse with a big reputation, has to get the vote to land the Grade 1 Lawlors’ Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas tomorrow.

His record thus far is winning a point-to-point and then a Gowran Park bumper and maiden hurdle.

Form wise, he has lots to prove, but there is a real style about him and Tell Us More is already favourite for the Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The frustrating Blood Cotil, beaten by smart horses in Gilgamboa and Wounded Warrior, both at Navan, is given the benefit of the doubt in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Chase.

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