BEEF To The Heels is the nap choice to leave a serious bout of seconditis behind by landing the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel this afternoon.
He has now finished runner-up four times in-a-row and a sequence like that usually means a horse arrives with a government health warning attached!
But the six-year-old appears to be totally genuine and has simply been beaten by better horses — at least most of the time — along the way, including the subsequent Naas Grade 2 winner Felix Yonger at Downpatrick.
The selection’s latest outing was at Navan last month when he went toe-to-toe in the straight with hot-pot, Maller Tree, before going down by a length and a quarter.
This represents Beef To The Heels’ best opportunity to date and it will be disappointing should he fail to make the most of it.
Henry de Bromhead’s team are in good shape and An Dearthair Og can provide him with another winner in the Bumper.
He made no show in a sole point-to-point outing, but indicated had an engine first time on the racecourse here three weeks ago when third behind Edeymi and Chasing Shadows in a maiden hurdle.
Philip Fenton’s once-raced Five Point Plan, a promising fourth to Willie Mullins’ Pique Sous at Leopardstown, is the obvious worry.
Dessie Hughes’ Caheronaun gets the nod in the three mile Comeragh Handicap Hurdle, having finished half a length second behind Vast Consumption at Fairyhouse.
Caheronaun is flattered by her proximity to the winner — Vast Consumption scored with plenty in hand — and has gone up 6lbs for that.
But the third was a further 14 lengths behind and Hughes has now decided to go with a 7lbs claimer to negate the extra.
Knockmehill Lady, who battled well to beat Korean and Mark Me Up at Fairyhouse, could make light of a 5bs rise in the weights in the Carrick-On-Suir Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
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