Six chases make up this afternoon’s card at Thurles, where Buck Dancing can get punters off to the perfect start by taking the two-mile novice chase for the in-form stable of Eddie Harty.
Quite lightly raced and still a maiden on the track, he won his sole outing in a point to point, and gave enough encouragement on his recent chasing debut to suggest he wouldn’t have to wait long to get off the mark over fences.
In finishing fourth behind Net D’Ecosse, he jumped well, in the main, and didn’t have a very hard race when it was obvious his chance was gone. With improvement almost certain to be forthcoming, he should be ready to make a deeper impact, and this looks a much easier assignment. He is taken to score at the expense of Marvellous Moment, who has plenty of experience over fences, and should reach the frame.
Uranna was a beaten odds-on favourite on her recent chase debut at Naas, but can make amends in the two-and-a-half-mile mares’ beginners’ chase. Winner of a listed hurdle at Sandown in February, and a fine fourth behind Bitofapuzzle in a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse, she has an edge in terms of class over today’s rivals and, with the chasing experience under her belt, can prove such with victory here.
Carrigmoorna Rock wasn’t far behind the selection on hurdles ratings, and made a decent start over fences when second behind Emcon at Clonmel. That was back in October and she hasn’t been seen since, but looks the most obvious danger to Uranna.
Arbre De Vie can prove too smart for his rivals in the two-and-a-half-mile beginners’ chase, but is likely to be priced accordingly. Willie Mullins’ horse was a smart sort over hurdles, winning twice before finishing a close fourth behind Martello Tower in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at last season’s Cheltenham Festival. He wrapped up last season failing by just a length to give 8lbs to the useful Sort It Out in a very competitive handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.
The son of Antarcique looks a chaser in the making, and this is a very good opportunity to get off to the perfect start. Montys Meadow can give him most to think about. The latter finished second behind the progressive Pleasant Company on his most recent start, over three miles and a furlong, and should appreciate the drop in trip today.
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