THE locally trained Spill The Beans gets the nap in the www.tramore-racecourse.com Maiden Hurdle at the Waterford track today.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge has been rested since disappointing at Listowel in early June and, hopefully, will be primed to run a big race now.
He was near the front throughout in that Listowel contest, but was struggling when parting company with Andrew Lynch at the final flight.
Prior to that the selection had made a good start over jumps at Punchestown when beaten two heads into third by the Jessica Harrington pair Sandymount Lady and Common Alliance.
The danger is probably Colm Murphy’s Got Options, who ran a fine race in a Listowel bumper last month when a length and a half second behind well-regarded Rebel Fitz.
But this will be her first run over hurdles and Spill The Beans’ experience may prove the decisive factor.
Model County Lass, successful in a bumper here, can provide the answer to the Stradbally Maiden Hurdle.
The daughter of Definite Article contested a 30-runner affair at Navan 12 days ago and emerged with real credit.
She was grabbed late and beaten three parts of a length by hot-pot Araucaria and a repeat of that effort will certainly see her go close.
The Ladies Bumper may be best left to Tony Mullins’ Roszas Girl, with Katie Walsh a significant booking.
Roszas Girl stepped up on previous efforts when fifth to Rebel Fitz at Listowel and is preferred to the Galway Festival third, Mister Music Man.
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