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NOT AVAILABLE can improve for his debut third at Navan and provide local trainer Henry de Bromhead with the opening Irish winner of 2021. The Robcour-owned son of Milan was beaten 16-lengths behind Percy Warner and will surely go close now racing here at Tramore on his second-start. Henry de Bromhead has won two of the last four renewals, which included victory with Notebook two years ago.
Elsewhere, Saint Roi claimed success for the Willie Mullins team last year with Mr Coldstone an intriguing runner for his team today. The ex-Johnny Murtagh-trained runner is having a first run for Mullins and hasn’t been since on the track since July 2018 – his three starts to date have been over 5, 6 and 7 furlongs.
The father and son combination of Tom and Bryan Cooper can team-up with MR MANHATTAN to win this 2m handicap hurdle on Friday afternoon. The lightly raced five-year-old remains a maiden but comes here with a few bits of nice form, which suggests a good run could be on the cards.
The son of Fame & Glory was previously behind Janidil at Tipperary and returned to the track after a break to finish sixth at Clonmel in early December. He’s been dropped a 1lb in the ratings for that run behind No Grey Area’s, who followed up earlier this week at Limerick.
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The star attraction for a third straight year at Tramore on New Year’s Day is Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo for Willie Mullins, Paul Townend and the Donnelly family. This route towards the Cheltenham Festival has worked greatly for the now nine-year-old in recent seasons, and there’s no point changing ways against main rivals coming from his own stable today.
He saw off stablemate Acapella Bourgeois last year and his task has been made easier with Monalee not declared by Henry de Bromhead. Willie Mullins has reported his stable star in good form and despite giving weight away to all rivals, he’s bound to secure victory for a third straight year. Funnily enough, if you’re deciding to play in the distance market, he’s won this race by 6 lengths in both 2019 and 2020.
Djingle, Acapella Bourgeios and BRAHMA BULL all like to race forward and I’m hoping David Mullins can chase home the favourite on the Ricci runner in the betting without market. He wasn’t disgraced when second on his comeback run behind Minella Indo at Navan, while Acapella Bourgeois might need the run having not raced since the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February.
Following success with Milan To One at Leopardstown on Tuesday, Francis Flood has a good opportunity of landing a quick double this week with IT’S ONLY A NUMBER in the last at Tramore. The JP McManus owned eight-year-old has finished fourth in recent starts at Tipperary and here in October and December.
He runs off a rating of 95 again today with Simon Torrens replacing Niall Madden in the saddle and taken off his valuable 5lbs claim which will help greatly. The son of Oscar is well treated against Presenting Point, with Eoghan O’Grady’s runner gone up 7lbs for this victory over the Flood runner here 22 days ago.
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