MOUSE Morris’ Recital Public is the one to beat in the Urlingford Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.
The meeting is subject to an 8.30am inspection, with the forecast of a severe overnight frost the worry.
Recital Public has just four runs under his belt and, encouragingly, his best effort to date was the latest of these.
That came at Punchestown eleven days ago when the selection was beaten five lengths into second by Blackstairmountain. It was a further nine lengths back to the third and time may well reveal that Recital Public was taking on a smart horse in Blackstairmountain.
Dusty Sheehy’s charges have found a little bit of form of late and his once-raced Garlough gets the vote in the Bumper.
The son of Rashar was well touted — and went off favourite — to make a winning debut at Punchestown in what was, admittedly, only a four-horse battle.
Garlough tried to make all the running, but was grabbed late and beaten a short head by Tom Taaffe’s fellow first-timer Silent Picture, himself far from neglected in the market.
The wide-open Littleton Handicap Hurdle may be best left to the Pauline Gavin-trained Benalma.
Successful over flights at Navan two runs back, Benalma then ran well for a long way behind Inoma James in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown.
In that particular contest, he was competing off a mark 31lbs higher than his current rating over hurdles.
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