Front Man the one to beat

FRONT MAN is a hopeful nap choice to land the Carroll Cuisine Premium Ham Beginners Chase at Kilbeggan tonight, on a moderate programme which offers little cause for optimism.

Caroline Hutchinson’s seven-year-old is at least going the right way, has a reasonable amount of ability and seems to stay well enough.

Successful in a two and a half mile maiden hurdle at Thurles in March, the selection performed with promise first time over fences on this track last month.

He jumped safely and with enthusiasm, before going under by seven lengths to Mighty John McGee. The form is ordinary, but still gives him a clear chance in this grade.

Most interesting challenger is Rosaker, who would toy with this opposition at his best. But he’s now an 11-year-old, whose glory days are surely behind him.

Paul Nolan’s By The Brook could provide the answer to the T and V Novice Hurdle. He certainly has experience on his side, having won a handicap at Navan by five lengths on his latest appearance.

The opening Maiden Hurdle will take little winning and, perhaps, Kalellshan will oblige.

Paul Flynn’s gelding made a brave enough attempt from the front at Clonmel, until weakening from the second last to finish five and a half lengths second behind Lyical Assassin.

It’s possible Mr Bones could be tossed into the Carroll Cuisine Real Food Handicap Hurdle and Jimmy Coogan’s charge gets the nod.

He hasn’t done much over flights, hence a low rating, but appeared to show improved form on his reappearance when taking a mile and six maiden on the level at Leopardstown 19 days ago.


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