Tullybeg looks a horse we’ll hear a lot more about over the winter months and lines up in the opening 2m 2f maiden hurdle for Gordon Elliot and Jack Kennedy.
He’s come from the point-to-point scene and ran well in his first maiden hurdle before winning a bumper at Bellewstown. While that didn’t look a brilliant contest at the time, the runner-up Walking Fame has subsequently won too.
Tullybeg looks more suited to going over obstacles and should take plenty of beating in this contest.
A beginners chase over 2m 1f and Chalky White comes from the shrewd Co. Cork yard of James Dullea. It’s a rated race so you had to be 102 or less over hurdles and Chalky White just sneaks in on that basis. He was seventh in an open beginners chase at Killarney against better horses and while jumping well, never really got involved.
It’s something you see more of now. Horses run in rated races and the experience can give them an edge when they drop back down in class against similarly rated rivals.
This looks a good race for Chalky White to get involved in and he can make the long trip from Cork to Downpatrick pay off.
The Friday night lights start back at Dundalk and I’ve just one selection to try and get off to a winning start. I’m a fan of trainer Paddy Twomey and his Bolivar has been going from strength-to-strength, winning his last two races.
He finishes his races really well and looks to be a stayer in the making. From the limited evidence of the new surface at Dundalk, you’ll need horses who see out the trip well. He looks to have the right credentials to deliver the hat-trick.
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