Swan can wing in

DAVID WACHMAN’S horses have started to hit form and his Crystal Swan is the nap choice in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden at Clonmel tonight.

She is fairly ordinary but, on an evening when likely candidates for punting purposes are rather thin on the ground, rates the best proposition.

The grey, who made steady, if unspectacular progress as a juvenile, returned to action on the all-weather at Dundalk last month.

Crystal Swan ran well enough to indicate that a minor contest such as this was well within her compass.

She tried to make all, but could not raise the tempo in the straight and was eventually beaten into fourth behind Liturgy.

The daughter of Dalakhani, however, was only about a length and a half adrift of the winner and certainly didn’t stop trying through the final furlong.

You could argue that Lizzie Bennett, on her fourth to Theocritus at Leopardstown, is the form horse, but Crystal Swan is readily preferred.

Oliver McKiernan’s Rolling Wave might provide the solution to the two and a half mile Cashel Maiden Hurdle.

He hinted at having ability in bumpers here at home, prior to finishing a length and a half second to Peter Bowen’s No Panic over flights at Newton Abbot two weeks ago.

Quintana, on one of his better days, could easily make a winning debut over fences in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

He gets the nod, although needing to show a bit more enthusiasm then when a remote third over hurdles behind Son Of Oscar at Cork last time.


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