Willie Mullins should deliver, on the double, with Wicklow Brave and Laviniad on tomorrow’s flat card in Listowel.
The champion National Hunt trainer has obvious chances elsewhere, notably with Childrens List in Tramore today.
But it’s his Listowel runners that make most appeal and Wicklow Brave, a high-class hurdler, is difficult to oppose in tomorrow’s finale, the Bryan McMahon Race.
Runaway winner of the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival, Wicklow Brave won on his debut under flat rules in Gowran Park last time, when proving too strong for Jennies Jewel and Awesome Star (narrowly beaten off 86 in a Curragh handicap last week).
The mount of Patrick Mullins, Wicklow Brave looks in a different league to his five rivals and should triumph.
Stable-companion Laviniad, raised 11lb. for her facile defeat of Toccata Blue in Gowran Park on Wednesday, should prove tough to beat in the Follow Listowel Races On Facebook Handicap.
The mare is 6lb. ‘well-in’ and, with Pat Smullen again on board, might be capable of conceding 24lb to Never Again.
Third behind Star Counsel and subsequent winner The Gatechecker on his hurdling bow, Childrens List returns to Tramore, the scene of his bumper success, with a huge chance in today’s Tramore Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle.
Navan stages a flat card today, presenting Aidan and Joseph O’Brien with prospects of a first and last race double.
Third behind smart colts Round Two (a subsequent listed winner) and Argentero at Naas last time, Waterloo Bridge, reverting to maiden company, sets the standard in the opener while Cenotaph, stepping-up in trip, has obvious claims in the Trimgate Street Maiden.
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