Tom Cooper’s Chute Hall can leave a frustrating run of three seconds in a row behind by landing the Cashel Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.
This is a horse who shapes as if he might well react well to particularly strong handling and the booking of Ruby Walsh is an obvious plus.
The six-year-old was outclassed by Faugheen at Punchestown last time, but there was little disgrace in that.
Faugheen is a live Cheltenham candidate and the third and fourth in that Punchestown contest, Oscar Chimes and Say It Again, have both won in the meantime.
Sean O’Brien’s Caoimhe’s Delight is hard enough to oppose in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares’ Novice Chase.
She is easily the highest rated and is down in class, having emerged with credit when third to Byerley Babe and Une Artiste in a Grade 2 on this track last time.
The Bumper may go to Harry Kelly’s On Impulse, who made a satisfactory debut when third behind Grand Partner and Lord Scoundrel at Fairyhouse.
At Dundalk tonight the nap vote falls on Strategic Heights in the opener, the five furlongs Ladbrokes’ Daily Top Treble Rated Race.
He is in the care of rookie trainer, Johnny Feane, and was impressive here a week ago when making all to score by two and three quarter lengths.
Circling, last seen when finishing fifth in the Listed event won by Paul Deegan’s Avenue Gabriel at the Curragh in September, is the one to beat in the Ladbrokes’ Mobile Fillies Maiden.
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