Somewhat free in the early stages of the latter race, he finished fifth behind Eshera, but ran better than the placing suggests. Jockey Declan McDonogh wasn’t hard on the inexperienced colt, but he stayed on nicely in the closing stages.
It seems safe to assume we haven’t seen the best of him yet, and the fact he won his maiden on yielding ground and is a son of Dubawi suggests he won’t have much issue if conditions turn soft. The nine-furlong trip also looks ideal at this stage of his career and, though he must concede experience to all his rivals, this looks a good opportunity to make a quick return to winning ways.
Tandem is an interesting rival. He hasn’t run on the flat for almost two years, but travelled noticeably well in each of his outings over hurdles, without quite getting home. That suggests a return to the level will be a positive and, with no fears about the ground, could prove the biggest danger to the selection.
It could be a good evening for Oxx, who recorded a treble at last week’s Killarney meeting, as Corstorphine holds strong claims in the nursery, as does Aimhirgin in the Meadowview Stables Handicap, while Escapism has a chance in an open-looking apprentice handicap.
Whiteout has been found a very good opportunity, in the opening Goodenuf2eat Event Catering Mares’ Hurdle at Bellewstown. The Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old is lightly raced over obstacles but already boasts a very good level of form. Although penalised for her two victories over obstacles, she holds a clear advantage in terms of ability shown, and should prove very hard to beat.
The obvious danger is Miss Dinamic, who has been in superb form this summer, and was an easy winner over fences this time last week. The quick return to hurdling is certainly not a negative, and she can chase the selection home.
Fill Your Hands can take the second race, the It Pays To Bet With The Tote Maiden Hurdle, for Tony Martin. A useful sort in bumpers, he has had three runs over timber, and ran with real credit each time.
Most recently, he was still very much in touch when unseating his rider at the second-last in a race won by Thomas Hobson, at the Galway festival. Although heavy ground is an unknown, he has run well on soft going in bumpers, and this represents an opportunity to show his class. Comehere Hi, who is in receipt of more than a stone, looks the one to give him most to think about. The mare could be a real improver over hurdles, represents a stable in fine form, and has the assistance of Ruby Walsh.