Island Remede looks to have been found a good opportunity to make a winning start over timber, in the opening mares’ maiden hurdle in Cork.
The now five-year-old reached a high of 100 on the level for Ed Dunlop, and made a most promising debut for her new trainer, Henry De Bromhead, when third behind Altesse in a listed race on the level last month.
It seems significant connections are putting such a highly rated mare over hurdles and, given her rating on the level is more than many of her rivals will reach over timber, a proficient round of jumping should be enough to ensure a winning start.
Coming from this stable, we can have confidence she will be a sharp jumper and, with Davy Russell an eye-catching booking, she can show her rivals the way home.
Andrew McNamara can get off the mark as a trainer by landing the two-mile maiden hurdle with B Cosmos. A talented if slightly frustrating sort on the level for Willie McCreery, he made his jumping debut last August at Down Royal, and was noted staying on nicely into third place behind Lake Champlain.
That bit of experience will aid his cause here and, with his rookie trainer’s runners to date having all run so well, he’s sure to be ready for this task.
Having reached a mark of 76 on the level, he should have a class edge over most of his rivals, and gets the nod ahead of another useful recruit from the flat, St Lawrence Gap.
The step up to three miles for his hurdling debut really catches the eye for the Terence O’Brien-trained Iconic Image, and this promising pointer and bumper horse can get off the mark in the maiden.
Placed in three of his four point to points, he made a promising start in bumpers when staying on well into fifth place behind Battleford. The winner has done wonders for the form, being beaten a nose in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and winning the Aintree equivalent.
Iconic Image disappointed next time, but looked to be getting back on track when staying on well into fourth place behind Oscars Boss at this track in March.
All three bumper outings were over two miles, and each gave the impression he would improve for a longer trip. Today’s quicker ground won’t be a problem for the son of Kayf Tara, and he can give some local cheer to the evening meeting.
Prince Kup will really appreciate the better ground, and should go very close in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.
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