An extremely difficult card for punters today at Clonmel, where Perfect Woman gets can make the breakthrough in the Kilsheelan Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.
Mick Winters’ seven-year-old boasts the best form in the race, but comes here having pulled up in a competitive Listowel handicap hurdle won by Your Busy last time out.
That effort is forgivable, as her earlier form, when filling the runner-up spot behind Sambremont at Tramore, marks her down as the one to beat.
While all of her form has come on ground with a degree of cut in it, she is by Blueprint, who did all his winning on fast ground. If she handles today’s conditions, she could prove a cut above her rivals, and can earn an overdue first success.
The danger may come from Fu’s Island, who has looked useful in bumpers, but must carry a penalty for her Limerick success. She also lacks experience over hurdles, and is likely to be better for the outing.
Simiel can build on the promise of his debut second behind Escape Footwear by taking the finale for Henry de Bromhead. The six-year-old tried to make all the running on that occasion and, after moving clear early, battled on bravely when passed by the winner.
Though she was quite well beaten at the death, the form of the race received a fine boost when the winner carried a penalty to victory over hurdles on her next start.
It’s worth noting the selection was withdrawn from an intended engagement at Tramore due to fast ground but, provided the surface is not very quick, he should prove too smart for Bobarlee.
Only eight will line-up for race three, which is the New Inn Opportunity Maiden Hurdle, but it’s a very interesting race, from which Coolfighter can emerge in front.
The seven-year-old is a useful sort on the level, and was very strongly supported on his return to hurdling, at Tramore, last time. He didn’t jump with any great fluency on that occasion, and was a little disappointing, but there are plenty of reasons to believe he’ll be a different proposition this time.
The hurdles here are very different to those at Tramore and, as it was his first run over timber for more than a year, he’s entitled to be better for the run. With that may come some fluency and, if so, Noel Dooly’s charge can begin to build on previous promise in this sphere.
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