Oath cando it once more in National

HE’S done it twice before and might just do it again!

Eric McNamara’s Ponmeoath, successful in the race two years ago and in 2007, is the choice to land the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase at Listowel today.

Because he lost his form somewhat, the selection has been drifting down the weights and gets in here off a very manageable 10-9.

Ponmeoath certainly indicated, on his seasonal debut, that it would be folly to regard him as a back-number.

He ran over two miles, way short of his best, over flights at Galway last month, finishing a creditable fourth behind Gudnis Gracious Me.

We know he loves Listowel and that this is his time of the year and, at worst, Ponmeoath is capable of a big run.

The opening Irish Wire Products EBF Maiden can go to Aidan O’Brien’s once-raced Exodus, fourth behind A Word Apart at Leopardstown.

Dermot Weld and Pat Smulllen, who got off the mark for the Festival here yesterday, can take the Ladbrokes Conditions Race with Address Unknown.

He’s the clear form horse, coming back to near his best when touched off late by Rajik at Galway in a Listed race.

His ability to handle the likely soft ground has to be taken on trust, but is a risk worth taking.

The Bumper is best left to Red Tiger, beaten into second by Anoosou at Killarney, who should be well suited to stepping up three furlongs in trip.


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