We have two runners in the opening 2 mile maiden hurdle. Botani (David) is making her hurdling debut following some good bumper runs. She jumps very well and is closely related to Lord Scoundrel who won the Galway Plate a few years ago. She could be good each-way value here. Estelle Ma Belle (Paul) is having her first run for us. She gained a lot of racing experience on the flat in France and she has schooled well. We think she will handle this ground and we are hoping for a very good run.
We have four in the 2m 6f handicap hurdle. Great White Shark (Paul) showed a huge liking for this track when winning the Amateur Handicap here on Monday. This is her first handicap hurdle and she seems to have a nice mark. She should go very well if Monday’s exertions haven’t taken their toll. We are taking a chance going back over hurdles with Contingency (Danny) but this is a big pot and she is a course winner and has a low racing weight. Eclat Des Mottes (David) ran a cracker when third at Killarney a few weeks ago and could represent value at double figure odds. Ask Susan Rachael Blackmore) is another coming back from chasing who has a handy weight here and could easily finish in the money.
Skyace (Patrick) is in the mares’ bumper. She ran well when second on her racecourse debut at Ballinrobe but takes on tougher opposition today. However, she has improved since that run and has every chance here.