Madam Bounska contests the opening race, a five-furlong maiden, and a reproduction of her latest effort, behind Mirdif, should be good enough to ensure victory.
Denise Foster’s filly wasn’t without her supporters when fourth behind Yulong Baobei on debut, but looked up against it in hot maiden company last time out, at Leopardstown. Prominent from the outset in the latter race, she moved to challenge with a furlong to go, but her effort petered out in the closing stages and she finished fifth, beaten just three lengths.
Time will prove that was a decent race, and this filly can do her bit to boost the form.
That race was over six furlongs and the drop back to five should aid the selection’s cause. On form this looks a gilt-edged opportunity to get off the mark.
Muthaza made a winning debut over hurdles earlier this month at Tramore, and the Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old should have little trouble following up in the two-mile-one novice hurdle.
A useful sort on the flat in France, where she won on going ranging from good to very soft, she looked a decent recruit to this game when readily landing the odds.
Pitted in against five rivals all of her own age this evening, she can prove a cut above.
The action at Tipperary looks far more difficult for punters, but Aimhirgin Lass can make up for her narrow defeat last week at Ballinrobe by taking the fillies’ handicap for trainer John Oxx.
Owned by president Michael D Higgins, the Pivotal filly looked a decent sort in the making last season, and left behind the disappointment of previous two starts this term when a fast-finishing second behind Knockmaole Boy last time.
Raised just a pound for that effort, she looks more than capable of scoring off her current mark, and is preferred to High Honcho.
From Eden gets the nod in the Tipperary Maiden, over nine furlongs. Charles O’Brien’s colt was a well-beaten third on his return, but it is his form from last year which marks him down as the one to beat in this evening’s company.
Fourth behind Port Douglas on debut, he filled the same position behind Sanus Per Aquam on his second start and, if he can come close to reproducing that sort of form, he will be hard to beat.