Eagle can get off mark over fences

ALPINE EAGLE, useful on the flat and over flights, can enjoy a first success over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase at Ballinrobe tonight.

He made a promising enough start at Killarney two weeks ago and, hopefully, Jessica Harrington’s charge can now build on that.

The seven-year-old finished third behind Big Dano and Meritorious, after going off a somewhat uneasy favourite.

His overall jumping was good and Alpine Eagle was noted doing all his best work at the end. That was the selection’s first outing for two months and there is every reason to believe will come on plenty for it.

The obvious danger is Kerb Appeal, but this is his initial pop over fences and he did need further than two miles and a furlong over hurdles.

Willie Mullins trains Kerb Appeal and his Sicilian Secret is the highest rated in a tricky five-runner Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Hurdle.

He doesn’t, however, find much off the bridle and, perhaps, a better proposition may be Whats On The Menu.

John Berry’s charge certainly seemed to show improved form at Punchestown last time, when bolting in by five lengths, and if stripping in a similar mood would have to go very close.

Mullins’ Laganback appears the safest wager in the opening Connacht Telegraph Maiden Hurdle.

He’s clearly no star, but ran well enough, following a break, when eighth to the impressive Burn And Turn in a bumper at the Punchestown festival and this represents a gentle introduction to jumping.

Somatic, who scored with a lot in hand at Limerick recently, could be up to defying a 10lbs rise in the eights in the Sheridan Electrical Castlebar Handicap Hurdle.


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