It’s an all jumps card at Bellewstown tonight and the 2m Mares Hurdle at 16.40 looks a match between Gordon Elliot’s Carrie Des Champs and Noel Meade’s Caer.
Carrie Des Champs has run well in a couple of low-grade races in the UK when second at Perth in June before winning well at Southwell a month later, but Caer was an impressive winner from Bronagh’s Belle at Sligo earlier this month.
I think Caer will turn over Carrie Des Champ.
It looks like Dermot Weld has found an ideal opportunity to get Days Without End off the mark in the 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle at 17.10. The former bumper winner was second at Galway and the third-placed Sky Marshal has won since.
He’s long odds on but this looks his best chance yet of winning a race.
Lucky Road is bidding to complete a hat-trick for Gavin Cromwell in the 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle at 17.40 but will be giving a fair bit of weight to the Padraig Roche-trained Walking on Glass.
He ran an eye-catching race when third at Tramore, then bolted up at Sligo and can win again later.
The 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle at 18.10 is the feature race and Bay Hill is my pick to hopefully give Padraig Roche a double on the card. A winner at Wexford in June over 2m, he then was a good fifth in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh. He can get back to winning ways now he’s over timber again.
It’s always worth following a yard that hits form and Michael Bowe of Limestone Lad fame has had a couple of winners in the past few weeks. One of them, Jaime Somers bids to follow up his Tramore maiden hurdle success in the 3m handicap hurdle at 19.10, He’s a double digit price and should run a big race.
The Lady Rider’s race wraps up the card at 19.40 and I’m drawn to Tudors Glory trained by the Shark Hanlon. He’s been second on his last two starts, but having Aine O’Connor on board will be an advantage and he can get his head in front in the finale.
There’s a decent Flat card at Tipperary tonight, where Hathiq looks to back up a recent course and distance win in the 5f Abergwaun Stakes at 18.55.
Denis Hogan’s runner found the Epsom Dash beyond him and maybe made too quick a return in the Rockingham Stakes at the Curragh after that when he finished down the field.
His got his head in front here last time though and that will have boosted his confidence and he can keep up his winning ways.
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