Tom Taaffe’s Distant Memories has his sights considerably lowered at Ballinrobe this evening and is the nap choice in the Treacys’ Pharmacy Hurdle.
The son of Falbrav was last seen when contesting the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival in March and this certainly represents a major drop in class.
He ran far too freely for his own good on that occasion, after Andrew Lynch had attempted to anchor him at the back of the field.
Distant Memories eventually finished a respectable eighth behind Cinders And Ashes and would surely have been closer had he settled better.
Indeed the selection has a history of wanting to get on with business, which continues to be an obvious worry.
But it didn’t stop him more than paying his way in Britain, winning six times on the flat for Tom Tate.
It will be fascinating now to see what tactics Taaffe and the clever Lynch concoct, making the running is a possible option, but in any case there is little doubt Distant Memories possesses the engine to deliver.
Noel Meade’s Six Stone Ned, as long as the surface remains on the good side, can take the Western People Maiden Hurdle.
He showed improved form, on good to firm ground, at Thurles last month when half a length second behind Tommy Stack’s Piper Hill in a bumper. It was a decent enough effort, considering Piper Hill was in receipt of 17lbs.
Dermot Weld’s Dancers Dilemma is the form choice in the Bumper, having chased home Willie Mullins’ Pique Sous at Leopardstown in February.
Pique Sous subsequently went on to finish a close third to Champagne Fever in the Weatherbys’ Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
Too much shouldn’t be read into the bare details, however, because chances are that Pique Sous showed massive improvement from Leopardstown.
Preference then is for Mullins’ newcomer, Wrong Way Corrigan. He has been waiting in the wings for a while and is a full-brother to the useful Bishopsfurze.
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