Horse Racing Tips: Our slick Sunday selections at Tramore

PPTV's James Shortt delivers his verdict on the day's Irish action.

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13:40 Old Bil Barley

The final day of the August Festival at Tramore gets underway with a 2-mile Maiden Hurdle where OLD BILL BARLEY looks the horse to beat for Willie Mullins and Sean O’Keeffe. Despite hanging left at Kilbeggan on his hurling debut last month, the son of Apsis can improve with experience and see of what looks average opposition. He showed enough ability on debut when winning a bumper, also at Kilbeggan to suggest he’ll pay his way over hurdles for owner Luke McMahon.

Dixie Flyer is an obvious danger with Conor Brassil taking of his 5Ib claim having previously guided him to a third-place finish at Wexford back in June. However, Henry De Bromhead’s runner has been expensive to follow over hurdles, disappointing again at Cork on his latest start. Elsewhere, Gordon Elliott saddles Benz and Innellan Shore with Mollys Dream looking a player for Eoin Doyle and is a horse to watch if backed beforehand.

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14:15 Pak Army

Sean Flanagan has been finding a few winners and building new relationships since parting ways with Noel Meade and could bang in another success with PAK ARMY in this 2-mile Handicap Hurdle. Eoin Doyle’s runners are always worth watching at this venue and a recent spin on the flat could put this horse spot on for his first start back over hurdles since last October. He wasn’t disgraced when fourth over course and distance on that occasion and a 2Ib drop in the ratings can see him go close.

Kinnegad Lad heads the weights for Gordon Elliott and Jordan Gainford and a drop back in trip from his comeback run at Limerick in May can see him be competitive. Elsewhere, former course and distance winner Morepowertoya is on the shortlist for Paul Power despite a disappointing run at Killarney. Jazz Ranger is another with previous course form while Bite That, Flyaway Maggie and Hard Target could also challenge for a place.

14:50 The Grey Monty

THE GREY MONTY can give trainer John McConnell another Sunday winner following success with Rexem last weekend at Downpatrick. The daughter of Montmartre is a former point-to-point winner at Dromahane and will appreciate the step-up in trip to land this extended 2-mile 5-furlong Maiden Hurdle with Simon Torrens in the saddle. The five-year-old has improved for every start over hurdles so far, getting closer to victory when third at Sligo earlier this month.

Willie Mullins has previously won this race twice in 2017 and 2018 and currently has just over a 40% strike-rate with his hurdlers at Tramore. Walk On The Moone warrants respect for the Mullins team despite disappointing as a beaten favourite at Kilbeggan last month. Anyonecanhaveitall drops back to maiden hurdle company in what looks a weak affair, while The Banger Doyle could be an interesting contender if securing a run (second reserve) and on a going day.

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16:00 Hollymount

The extended 2-mile 5-furlong Beginners Chase looks a competitive affair with Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Peter Fahey all saddling runners with strong chances. Inclusion is making her debut for the Mullins team having formerly been trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies before landing a Dromahane point-to-point for Ian McCarthy back in April. Sit Down Lucy landed a handicap hurdle at the Galway Festival and makes her chasing debut for Peter Fahey, who also won this race last year.

HOLLYMOUNT gets the vote to see off those rivals having ran consistently well for Gordon Elliott and the Bective Stud over the past year. The daughter of Jet Away should appreciate the drier ground conditions more than her main rivals and is bred to shine over fences – she’s a half-sister to Ravenhill Road and Windsor Avenue. She bolted up at Ayr in comfortable fashion back in May and wasn’t disgraced when running a solid second to Molly Wedger at Killarney last month.

16:35 Pat Coyne

There are plenty of runners in this extended 2-mile 5-furlong Handicap Chase with previous winning form at this venue which makes this an interesting and competitive race. PAT COYNE for John Queally and Jody McGarvey is one of those having won a Beginners Chase at this festival last year before running consistently well over both codes in the past twelve months. A drop back in trip from his run at Downpatrick in June can see him go close having finished second when last seen here back in April.

Groveman looks a player for Eric McNamara having previously won on the flat here last summer and comes here after an improved effort when third at Limerick last month. Ballinaboola Steel can be forgiven for a poor run over hurdles at Galway and reverts to chasing having scored nicely at Limerick last month. A return to Tramore might bring some spark out of Quirt Evans for David O’Brien with Twilight Girl another who might run well at bigger prices.

Sunday’s Tramore tips

13:40 Old Bil Barley
14:15 Pak Army
14:50 The Grey Monty
16:00 Hollymount
16:35 Pat Coyne

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