In-form Townend can strike on Kala Brandy

Kala Brandy, winner of her bumper in Wexford in March, might be capable of landing the Irish Stallion farms Mares Maiden Hurdle in Cork tonight for Paul Townend, fresh from his three winners at the Punchestown Festival last week, and his dad Tim.

In-form Townend can strike on Kala Brandy

In the frame in a couple of maiden hurdles in Clonmel, behind Theatre Bird and Keppols Queen respectively, she was no match for Honeys Joy in a Thurles bumper before beating subsequent winner Tigroney in Wexford.

The Cork card features three tricky-looking flat events and the consistent but luckless Battleroftheboyne, runner-up to Vasoni in Sligo on Sunday, should reward each-way support in the Mitchelstown Handicap.

A beaten odds-on favourite at Tipperary last time, Unic De Bersy should recoup losses in today’s opener in Downpatrick, the Downe Maiden Hurdle.

The Gigginstown-owned gelding is a long way from being one of the stars in Willie Mullins’ formidable team. But, if he improves his jumping, the seven-year-old should be more than capable of success at this level.

Winner of a Tipperary bumper in May 2013, he bumped into The Job Is Right on his hurdling debut at Clonmel six months later before injury kept him off the track until last month.

A red-hot 4/11 favourite, he was tracking the leaders and travelling strongly when falling four from home in the maiden hurdle won by Voices Of Spring in Fairyhouse.

Last time he was odds-on again, in Tipperary. But he jumped deliberately, losing ground at most hurdles, before finishing fourth to Voisey’s Bay.

Fluency at his obstacles should enable Bryan Cooper’s mount to open his hurdling account here, at the expense of Gordon Elliott’s Ibsen and Young Dillon, a bumper winner on this track.

Feel The Air, 7lb. higher than when scoring at this venue in March, might follow-up for Michael McNiff and Derek Fox in the Living The Dream Mares Handicap Hurdle.

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