There seems no sense in opposing Timing’severything in today’s opening four-year-old maiden hurdle at Wexford.
The Court Cave gelding made a winning racecourse debut at the Punchestown Festival, after which he was purchased by JP McManus and sent to join trainer John Kiely.
He made his first start for new connections at Tipperary earlier this month, and ran a super race to finish a close second trying to concede 4lbs to the promising Ordinary World.
With that experience under his belt he should be ready to produce a much more polished performance, even if it may not be necessary to score today.
He has the potential to develop into a very smart sort and anything other than an impressive display will be disappointing.
Pont De Alma was beaten favourite on her debut, back in August at Cork, and can make amends in the finale.
Willie Mullins’ filly looked as though she may appreciate further than two miles in time, but can be expected to improve for that first effort and should be good enough to land the spoils.
Earth Sister has shown plenty of promise, finishing runner-up on both outings to date, and may have to settle for the same position once more.
The Group 3 Killavulan Stakes is the feature on today’s card at Leopardstown and Blue De Vega can land the spoils for trainer Michael O’Callaghan. The colt was somewhat unlucky when third on his debut, at Dundalk, but made amends in no uncertain manner when strolling clear to win a Naas maiden next time, beating one of today’s rivals, Tribal Beat, into second place.
This race represents a step up in grade, but he’s an exciting sort, who holds an entry in the Irish 2000 Guineas, and can confirm previous form with Tribal Beat.
Some very exciting prospects clash in the Corrib Oil Maiden Hurdle, which gets the action underway at Galway tomorrow.
The selection is the Noel Meade-trained Disko who could hardly have been more impressive on his bumper debut, at Punchestown, and ran another super race when runner-up behind Bellshill in the Grade One Champion Bumper at the same track.
Still only a four-year-old and making his hurdling debut, he takes on the year older Jetstream Jack, who was heavily backed for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but failed to make an impact. There is little between them on bumper form but Disko should appreciate the expected ground, and can get his season off to a flyer.
Loughaderra Prince gets the nap to take the TV O’Brien Memorial Bumper for Alan Fleming. Sent off a heavily backed favourite for his racecourse debut, last month at Listowel, he may have been a shade unlucky when third behind Cloghala and Churchfield Champ.
Everything about him suggests he’s a chaser in the making and the best of him won’t be seen for some time, but he has the class to deal with these rivals and is preferred to the experienced and consistent Glendine River.
British raider Guard Of Honour, runner-up behind Digeanta in the Cesarewitch, is preferred to Heartbreak City in the November Handicap, which headlines tomorrow’s action at Leopardstown.
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