Ice can freeze out opposition

ROBERT TYNER’S Its The Ice I Like can land the nap in the Goresbridge Maiden Hurdle at Gowran Park this afternoon.

The son of Oscar was a big disappointment when failing to justify warm favouritism at Fairyhouse in January, but Tyner’s horses were out of form at the time and seem on far terms with themselves at the moment.

He won the bumper at Cork on Thursday with the newcomer, Lughnasa, and Its The Ice I Like came right back to his best on this track two weeks ago.

The seven-year-old ran really well when beaten a neck into second by market-leader, Double Double, and it was a further 18 lengths back to the third.

The two miles then was, arguably, too short and the selection can benefit from stepping up another four furlongs in trip now.

Willie Mullins’ Loch Ard has to be the choice in the Spring Team Classic Final 2012 At Gowran Park Maiden Hurdle.

Loch Ard twice finished runner-up on the flat for David Wachman and hinted that he had a future at this game when making his debut Fairyhouse last month.

It was a fine start on the part of the four-year-old, taking a creditable fourth behind Burrenbridge Lodge, and he can surely build on that.

Savello will be the medium of much interest in the Ballyhale Novice Hurdle, having a first outing for Tony Martin.

He was in the care of John Berry when winning at Wexford in October and Fairyhouse in November and was bought by Gigginstown for £215,000 at the sales at Cheltenham in December.

It is now 129 days since he was seen, however, so Savello’s movements in the betting ring will be of much importance.

In any case the nod falls on Christy Roche’s Touch Back, who didn’t jump as well as he can when fifth to Felix Yonger at Naas.

Raise Hell was a costly failure when a remote seventh of ten behind Golden Firth at Navan in January, but Willie Mullins is highly skilled at getting such horses back on track and he gets the nod in the Bumper.

At Downpatrick tomorrow Gordon Elliott’s Cause Of Causes should now be ready to strike in the Bet At Toals On-Course Shop Maiden Hurdle. Beaten for speed by Maggie Neary at Gowran Park over two miles, he is crying out for the extra two furlongs plus afforded him now.


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