Folsom Blue is the nap choice to complete a four-timer in what has the makings of a cracking Grade 2 Boylesports’ Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.
Conor O’Dwyer’s five-year-old isn’t the biggest horse in the world, but possesses a real engine and revels in testing conditions.
After winning a modest maiden at Limerick at Christmas — over an unsuitable two miles — he subsequently revealed his true colours when stepped up in trip.
On this track last month, Folsom Blue was impressive — this time the journey was two miles and six — when slamming some useful sorts in emphatic fashion.
Then two weeks later in a Listed event at Clonmel, again over two and three quarter miles, the selection was far too good for the smart Castle Wings, beating him by an unflattering nine lengths.
Dessie Hughes’ Lyreen Legend is a very dangerous opponent.
He’s on the upgrade and there was no disgrace whatsoever in his two and a quarter lengths second to strong Cheltenham fancy, the potentially high-class Boston Bob, at Leopardstown.
But Folsom Blue has been good to us in the past, has a great attitude and we have to stick with him, until knowing better!
The frustrating Dare To Doubt is the one to be with in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase for mares. She was disappointing when a poor third behind Carrigeen Lechuga here earlier in the month, but down in grade and trip, four furlongs, can now leave that effort behind.
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