Not a strong opener to the card but ESCORT’NAMIX showed enough on debut for Gordon Elliott 11 days ago to suggest she can win a race of this nature. Moll Dote is fairly consistent at this low level and can bounce back from a poor run at Tipperary last time out.
Goodbye Someday is a consistent sort who posted another solid effort in defeat at Tipperary last time but he generally finds at least a couple too good and that could be the same again with PREMIUM PACKAGE in opposition. The son of Presenting posted a promising debut over hurdles at Roscommon and he ought to progress from that run.
If THATBEATSBANAGHER (NAP) can translate his recent chase form to hurdles, he’s obviously well handicapped back in this discipline and is the one to beat. Plenty in here hold each-way claims including Naturally Blond who showed improved form last time and Hopefully who should have more to give in handicaps at some stage.
Having looked a sure-fire winner approaching the last at Tipperary last month, ELEGANT DAN was reeled in late by Lord Lariat, but finished well clear of the remainder, including fourth-placed Just Call Me. With the winner having since followed up, David O’Brien’s charge could be the one to beat now.
Pak Army remains unexposed over hurdles and with Davy Russell booked has to be respected. China Princess was unable to justify market support last time but is surely capable of better, while the veteran Fleurys Fort showed a bit more last time and could be on the way back.
An interesting rematch between CORNERKOVA and Imperial Choice, separated by only half a length at Kilbeggan last month. The latter started favourite then, not for the first time, and seemed not to handle the track as well as the selection, who was having her first start in a handicap and probably has more scope for improvement. Recent shock Bellewstown winner Elegant Lass has a 10lb hike to overcome but this sharp circuit should suit the front-runner.
A few of these look like potential improvers over fences, notable Jessica Harrington’s Thegoaheadman who’s best forgiven his run last time out but preference is for DOMMAGE POUR TOI who sets a decent standard and has already achieved more than the rest of these over fences.
A tricky race to complete the card but SHES FLAT TOTHEMAT shades the vote following a respectable third on her return at Kilbeggan. She may be able to continue her progress this summer. The main danger to the selection could be My Oakclahome who has made a promising start to his chase career and shaped like he needed the run when fourth on return.
Tips for Tramore today
- Our runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s Irish Oaks
- Paul Jacobs has your Lucky 15 for the weekend’s racing action
- Brendan Duke’s awesome foursome at the Curragh on Saturday
- Our 4 to score at the Curragh on Saturday