Leave it to Longford

Take a chance on Willie Mullins’ Bally Longford in the Bumper at Downpatrick this afternoon.

By Mullins standards this is a modest performer, but he has plenty going for him now, not least the moderate opposition.

What can prove more important, however, is the state of the ground. It is set to ride on the good side and, as long is there is no dramatic alteration, then Bally Longford can oblige.

Unlucky not to win the second of his two point-to-points, the selection made his racecourse debut when second on this track to Noel Meade’s Curley Bill in November.

He then ran at Leopardstown at Christmas when, despite coming wide up the straight, seeking better ground, could only manage a disappointing fourth behind Charlie Swan’s Tangled Web.

Bally Longford has since been afforded a decent break and it seems significant reappears almost as soon as a decent surface is available.

Gordon Elliott’s Barneys Honour is hard to oppose in the Bet With The Bookies Handicap Chase.

He strolled to a nine and a half lengths success at Navan on Saturday and runs here under a mandatory 6lbs penalty. Barneys Honour goes up by 16lbs in the future.

Ma Belle Amie and Queen Of The Hill, you wouldn’t want the mortgage on either, look the two on which to concentrate in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

Preference is for Ma Belle Amie, third behind well backed Royal Flight and New River at Fairyhouse a week ago.

The fact Davy Russell’s mount is in receipt of 8lbs from her principal rivals sways one towards her.

*On His Own could continue his public preparation for the John Smith’s Grand National with a run at Naas on Sunday.

The nine-year-old, who is ante-post favourite in many books for the Aintree spectacular on April 6, is among 21 entries for the Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase.

Owned by Graham Wylie and trained by Willie Mullins, On His Own had his first run since falling in last year’s National when winning over hurdles at Navan last month.


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