Quite a few of these have already had a benefit of a recent blowout with Enjoy D’Allen’s runner-up effort at Kilbeggan being the best effort over timber. However, it may be worth siding with MEMORIES REMAIN on her hurdling bow. She lost little in defeat when trying to make all in a Bellewstown bumper 11 days ago, behind the smart Tullybeg, and she had previously finished third to Dakota Beat.
She tried to make all at Bellewstown and those prominent tactics could be crucial here on a track that can favour front runners. Throw in the fact that she gets the mares allowance and she looks sure to go close.
The majority of punters are likely to be split by Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott here but on form, it’s very hard to fancy the chances of either Ruaille Buaille or Curlew Hill. The Ballyadam form will be on show with I Don’t Get It, who finished a distant second to Gordon Elliott’s potential superstar in March, while John McConnell’s newcomer Helpisontheway won’t have to be anything special to get involved.
However, CROBALLY BOY appears to have the best piece of form in the book having finished a close third to Eilise’s Lady in a Kilbeggan bumper 17 days ago. The runner-up that day Western Run is a decent yardstick. Again, positive tactics could be beneficial here and her chances are helped by the fact that the Shark Hanlon holds a 38% placed strike-rate with his runners in the last three weeks.
Arguably the toughest race on the card and it’s not made any easier by the fact that so many of the runners are out of form. However, given his liking for soft ground, there must be every chance that HARVEY SPECTER goes close here.
A slightly unlucky fifth at Navan 13 days ago, the seven-year-old has finished in the placings the last three times he’s raced on ground with the word ‘soft’ in the description. The step up in trip is sure to suit and from a one-time rating of 82, he must have a great chance of hitting the frame off a current mark of 45.
On ratings, this qualifier riders race boils down to two horses and while on official chase ratings Peregrine Run should win, he’s likely to struggle on the soft ground conditions. As reliable as Peter Fahey’s charge has been, all 17 of his career wins have come on ground described as yielding or better.
That gives the nod to CHOSEN MATE, who should be spot on for this assignment after a recent runout at Tipperary. Soft ground shouldn’t hinder his chances, if his Grand Annual win is anything to go by, and he’s looks capable of obliging here under Lisa O’Neill. Of the remainder, Polished Steel deserves a shout on the back of his recent beginners chase success.
While now a ten-year-old, this should be nothing more than a procession for SUPASUNDAE. Jessica Harrington’s three-time Grade 1 winner was a late scratching at Kilbeggan on Friday because of the drying ground but he’ll have everything in his favour here.
He hasn’t been seen since a satisfactory seventh-placed effort in the Champion Hurdle and one would expect Finny Maguire to make all on him here. While disappointing on his last four starts, Rocket Lad is rated to follow home Supasundae and might be worth following in the betting without market.
Tip summary for Downpatrick and Killarney on Wednesday
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