The feature race on Tipperary’s card and a contest which could revolve around just three horses. Recent Revelations brings a decent level of form having finished a fine fourth to Aramax in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival and race conditions appear to favour him most. However, a lot of Gordon Elliott’s better hurdlers have appeared in need of their first runs back and that’s likely to be the case here. With the jury out on Barrington Court following her blowout at Leopardstown in March, preference goes for RUSSIAN DIAMOND.
Emmet Mullins’ six-year-old brings good form to the argument here having followed home Aione at Naas in February. That effort came over a comfortable Down Royal win over obstacles and while he carries a penalty, you’d have thought that he’s likely to be the most forward of the principals here. He can take full advantage of this opportunity.
Having competed at Grade 1 level already over fences, as well as hurdles, DOMMAGE POUR TOI is likely to prove extremely difficult to beat here. While he unseated three out in the Flogas Novice Chase won by Faugheen, Henry De Bromhead’s seven-year-old brings a good level of form over fences having finished second to Ten Ten in a beginners chase at Navan last November.
Throw in the fact that he’s a Grade 2 winners over hurdles, along with his trainer hitting the ground running since the resumption, and this looks an excellent opportunity for Dommage Pour Toi. The Game Changer, who’s got good placed form over fences so far, looks the main danger.
Despite the fact that she’s still a maiden after 10 starts, there’s every chance that Aidan O’Brien has found a great opportunity for SO WONDERFUL to break her losing duck here. Her last three starts have all been at the top level and in two of those races, the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Tattersalls Ireland 1,000 Guineas, she ran with huge credit.
A change in tactics didn’t suit her in the Coronation Stakes, when she was held up, and she comes into this race with quite a bit in hand on ratings. Ridenza, who holds plenty of big-race entries, looks the chief danger but she’s making her seasonal reappearance while Amma Grace had very solid form as a juvenile and is likely to improve from her run 11 days ago.
Similarly to So Wonderful in the Derrinstown Stud Fillies Stakes, NEW WORLD TAPESTRY has been tried at the top level on numerous occasions without much success and this drop in class might just play into his hands. He never managed to get on terms in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas but there were signs of improvement in the Hampton Court Stakes behind Russian Emperor and a similar level of performance might be good enough here.
The fact that he appears Aidan O’Brien’s main contender bodes well for his chances, even though his trainer hasn’t won this race since 2002. Sinawann, who was a decent juvenile and finished a creditable sixth to Siskin in the Tattersalls Ireland 2,000 Guineas, looks the one to beat of the remainder.
The only surprise surrounding GEE REX’S win at the Curragh last Friday was the fact that it took him three tries to win for his new connections. What his most recent run proved is that he needs at least a mile to be seen at his best. While he drops back a furlong in trip to 7f on Wednesday, his class should just see him through.
Remember, he was rated in the mid-90’s as a two-year-old and off a current mark of 75, he should still have a few pounds in hand. Atlas’ two turf wins have both come at the Foxrock track, one over course and distance. He could be on an attractive mark of 69, despite the fact that he’s on a winless run of 16 races.
Tip summary for Irish racing on Wednesday
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