Big Man set for a big run

ONCE-RACED Hi Big Man is a hopeful nap choice in the Kepak Bumper at Roscommon this evening.

Daniel Miley’s charge has surely had either training problems or been particularly backward and was a seven-year-old when making his debut at Punchestown in February.

Largely unfancied in the market at 16-1, he finished a highly creditable short head second behind John Kiely’s Reizovic, successful again in the meantime.

Behind in fifth place was Willie Mullins’ Alfred James and he went on to finish second at Punchestown last week.

Biggest worry to the selection is Mags Mullins’ Cairdin, who made a cracking start when a length and a quarter runner-up behind one of the best bumper horses in the country, Samain, at Punchestown in January.

Cairdin then went of favourite next time, at Gowran Park, but performed dismally to trail in 14th of 15 finishers behind Starling force, virtually being pulled up.

Both Mullins and rider, John Thomas McNamara, reported that the horse had lost his action. That effort is an obvious worry and, perhaps, a watching brief is best for the moment!

Your Busy is the form horse in the Beginners Chase, but two miles is on the short side for him and he is passed over.

The nod falls on John O’Shea’s Gudnis Gracious Me, who was a smart hurdler and a winner three times last season.

She hasn’t run for 208 days, but O’Shea is a talented trainer and well capable of having her spot-on for this test.

Aidan O’Brien’s Long Live The King will be popular in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden, but didn’t progress last season and it will be interesting to note how he travels in the market. In any case the vote goes to Noel Meade’s Sam Bass, gelded since his juvenile days and who hinted there might be better too come when fourth to Zanughan at Navan.


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