Beauty looking good

FIRST BEAUTY has to be a reasonably confident choice to land the Oran Novice Hurdle at Roscommon tonight.

Dessie Hughes’ mare is improving and this looks a very suitable opportunity. After getting off the mark over jumps in a modest contest at Limerick, she emerged with credit when stepped up in class at Listowel last month.

Running over two miles, a trip possibly short of her best, Firsy Beauty was beaten a length and a half into second by hot-pot, Leblon.

That was a decent effort, considering Leblon had previously chased home Willie Mullins’ well-regarded French-import, Tarla, in a Grade 3 at the Punchestown Festival.

Bryan Cooper partners the selection and he and Hughes also have possibilities with Ballochroy in the Leo Dolan Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

Ballochroy was beaten half a length by Hoopy (gave 10lbs) at Tipperary and is weighted to reverse the placings.

Edward O’Grady’s Cruise On Bach might provide the answer to the Bumper.

The five-year-old has had two pops over flights, running with some promise last time when third to Stanton Court and Baracas at Punchestown.

Doransfifth, third behind Killogan Lass and Credit Box at Wexford on Friday night, gets the nod in a very poor Bet-On-Course With Tote Maiden Hurdle.

Mr Bones, who landed a touch at Bellewstown on Sunday, could justify Jimmmy Coogan’s decision to turn him out again quickly in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.


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