The four-year-old wasn’t good enough for smart performers Rosshaven Lady and Thumb Stone Blues on his most recent start, in a bumper at Galway, but, under a fine ride from Katie Walsh, ran a super race to take third spot, having tried to steal in from the front.
His two previous outings in bumpers, behind All The Answers and First Figaro, also gave obvious reason for optimism, and being out of a mare who won a bumper and twice over hurdles, he has the scope to make a jumper.
With the booking of Ruby Walsh catching the eye, and the drop back to two miles likely to suit, he’s sure to be well prepared for the switch. He can making a winning start at the expense of Trade Marked. The latter was behind two of today’s rivals when fifth on his only outing to date over hurdles but really caught the eye.
He jumped very well apart from at one hurdle, wasn’t given a hard time, and yet wasn’t far behind Brog Deas Nua and Pershing. That run was almost a year ago, and his last run on the level was some seven months ago, but money for the son of Azamour would have to be respected.
High In The Clouds made light of an absence when winning at the last meeting at this track, and can follow up in the Michael Clune 70th Birthday Celebration Novice Handicap Hurdle.
John Joe Walsh’s six-year-old deserved that success, and yet everything about the run suggested he would be even better for it.
A handicap mark of 111 looks reasonable for this potential improver, and he is preferred to the consistent Presenting Mahler.
Gallant Tipp looks well treated in the featured Captain Christy Novice Chase and is bound to prove popular, but Illtakeitfromhere looks progressive enough to follow up her recent success at Kilbeggan, despite being wrong at the weights.
The selection wasn’t a guaranteed stayer prior to that recent victory but, under a patient ride from today’s jockey, 7lb claimer Donagh Meyler, she finished her race well and won with something in hand.
Dropping back to a bare three miles today, she can continue her progress by upsetting likely favourite Gallant Tipp.
The bumper market will speak volumes, but newcomer Blazes Peg makes plenty of appeal on breeding.
By Presenting, she’s out of a mare, Blazing Liss, who won her first three starts in bumpers and was sent off an 8-1 chance for the 2004 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, where she clipped heels and fell before the race entered its final stages.
If Blazes Peg has inherited any of her dam’s ability, she’ll be hard to beat.
Another debutant, Dani Theatre, also makes some appeal on breeding, being out of a dam, Dani California, who was successful over hurdles.
She’s also worth noting in the market.