Royal Illusion has two quick runs in succession at the Curragh and Galway, but seems to be in good form at home. She’s dropping down in grade a little, certainly in prize money anyway and Colin Keane rides her.
Hopefully she can give a good account of herself.
Saglaway hasn’t run since Limerick at Christmas as he had a bit of a hold up, but I don’t think that will be an issue. This race is confined to horses that haven’t won that much prize money and he should be hard to beat. He’s working well at home, is rated 90 odd on the Flat and should be hard to beat.
His price reflects that but he still looks our best chance on today’s card.
The fact that Ballyoisin dodged yesterday’s Kerry National for a repeat bid in the handicap hurdle could be a tip in itself. Stablemate Yanworth heads the handicap so Enda Bolger’s runner gets in off a very attractive weight here of 11-2. The stable is flying, Darragh O’Keeffe (3) is flying and it’s very hard to find any negatives about Ballyoisin. He should be hard to beat. Golden Spear would be my pick of Tony Martin’s pair as Mr Everest doesn’t win enough.
Suinda pulled up at Killarney the last time out, but had a valid excuse as something happened with her tack. She’s improving but needs to step forward again and if she got placed it would be a great run.
Eclat Des Mottes didn’t jump great in the beginners chase at Killarney which was unlike him. He tried to follow the experienced Movewiththetimes and probably got taken out of his comfort zone. This looks a lesser contest and he should be able to travel easier and find a better rhythm with his jumping.
Again, if he ran into the money we’d be happy.