Two meetings again today, with the National Hunt fare in Killarney, where the nap comes in the imposing frame of Penhill, who contests the opening novice hurdle.
A smart horse on the Flat for Luca Cumani, he made his hurdling debut at Tramore in May and showed a lot of pace to deliver a telling challenge around the final bends.
In truth he was vastly superior, and the race experience over hurdles should have done him the world of good.
This race represents a significant step up in class, but the 100-rated Flat horse ought to prove up to the task.
He can take this en route to better things. The danger may come from three-time bumper winner Tesseract, who made it third time lucky over hurdles when winning a maiden at Bellewstown less than a fortnight ago.
Buster Dan Dan can take the Dawn Hi + Lo Milk Beginners’ Chase for Terence O’Brien. An experienced and useful hurdler, he made his seasonal return and chasing debut at Ballinrobe at the end of May, and ran with real promise to finish second behind Tiger Roll, who gave the form a boost when following up in Kilbeggan next time.
As the selection didn’t take his customary position at the head of affairs, it’s probably quite reasonable to believe connections felt he may have needed the run.
Nevertheless, he was brought with every chance to win the race, and was only run out of it late on.
A horse with winning form at this track, a return to his bold front-running style can allow him burn off all rivals.
He is preferred to Mick Thonic, who promises to be quite useful in this sphere.
The last-named is lightly raced, but impressed with his jumping on his chasing debut, behind Hurricane Darwin, and can be expected to step forward from that.
The Flat action comes at Leopardstown, where the meeting gets underway at 5:50pm, and the best bet on the card comes in the first race, in which Sportsmanship should take a world of beating.
An eye-catcher on debut, he may have found the ground a little softer than ideal when runner-up behind Firey Speech at Naas last time. He looks quite an exciting sort and, back on decent ground here, is the one to be on.
The danger may come from Sebastian Bach, who has finished third or fourth on each of his four starts to date. Having raced over five furlongs three times, and seven furlongs last time, he may find six furlongs more to his liking, and will be hard to keep out of the frame.
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