Ballinrobe hosts an eight-race programme this afternoon, and Ballychorus can continue her good run by taking the Eamon Sheridan Plant Hire & Groundworks Chase for Mags Mullins.
The six-year-old has won her last two races, over hurdles, looking like a mare on an upward curve, and can carry that form back to this sphere.
She has already run twice over the larger obstacles, finishing runner-up to Painted Lady on the first occasion, and readily accounting Tiger Bay Lady on the second of them.
Since then she has returned to hurdling, winning twice and finishing runner-up in three outings. Having improved steadily with each of her three most recent outings, she has very little to find with chief rival Carriganog in terms of ability, and the 7lbs she receives swings the verdict in her favour.
Although noted jumping a little to her left in previous chase starts, she likes to be ridden positively and, in today’s small field, is unlikely to be put under pressure with her juming. With proven stamina and winning form on testing ground, she can lead all the way, with Carriganog the one to follow her home.
The booking of Barry Geraghty for Blazing West in the mares’ maiden hurdle really catches the eye. Returning after an absence, she has in great form when last seen, and her best form is on ground with plenty of cut in it.
Her stable was amongst the winners last week, with Emcon, and the jockey booking suggests the selection is ready to resume where she left off. She can make the breakthrough at the expense of the frustrating Grangeclare Rosa and Ma Garrett, though market support for point-to-point winner Kara Loca, from the in-form stable of Mick Winters, would be significant.
Art Of Payroll earns a tentative vote in the Hollymount Nursing Home Beginners’ Chase. Although the Sandra Hughes stable hasn’t hit top form yet this season, this fellow was a promising sort in previous seasons and may realise his potential over fences.
With three outings over fences under his belt, the useful hurdler can make the breakthrough, on his first start of the season.
Waaheb hasn’t looked the most natural of jumpers in his two tries over fences and, following a victory in a three-mile hurdle at Ballinrobe recently, it’s a little concerning he returns to this discipline over a much short trip, which could put pressure on his jumping. If he has improved in the jumping department, he is the one to beat.
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