Nap of the day – Dream Walker (3.55)
2.15 – Papal Motel – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way
Papal Motel would not be winning out of turn. His last two starts have been on the Flat and he ran a huge race from a poor draw when third to Andratx and Camlann here on Thursday afternoon. He had earlier finished closer when just losing out at Limerick and on his most recent effort over hurdles was second to Whiskey Sour at Tramore at the beginning of June. That looks good from now and he is chosen ahead of Newstart which was a fair fourth to Pateen here on Monday night. Afatcat would have a chance on his run behind Knockmaole Boy at Limerick a month ago and the likes of Treasure Chest, Lisa’s Legacy, Ten Theatre, Mezajy and Mr Moondance will have their supporters too.
Exacta – 6-9 (Papal Motel/Newstart)
Trifecta – 6-9-1 (Papal Motel/Newstart/Afatcat)
2.45 – Ben Button – Kenny Galway Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way
Ben Button was running for the first time since August of last year when runner-up to The King Of Brega at Downpatrick in the middle of June and is entitled to improve. Connections might not want to see too much rain for their seven-year-old but he has a couple of nice runs over this distance to his name and might not be all that far away. There are any number of dangers with King Leon, absent for over a year, possibly one off a mark here that compares very favourably to his most recent rating over fences. Also at the top of the handicap, The King Of Brega, Little Mitch, Madurai and Bobarlee could also be considered while Static Jack, Newsworthy and Travertine are three more that are certainly worth a second look.
Exacta – 12-9 (Ben Button/Travertine)
Trifecta – 12-9 (Ben Button/Travertine/Static Jack)
3.20 – Darkolva – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden – Win
Darkolva was nicely clear of the remainder when a narrow runner-up to Lisard Lady over this trip at Down Royal eight days ago and that is possibly the best form on offer. He certainly looked to improve on his debut effort at Gowran Park in late June and there should be more to come. He looks to hold Brass Button on that run and a bigger danger might come from Quizical which just lost out to Spiorad Saoirse over the course and distance on Monday night. Youlong Gold Fairy has run well on her two starts but the form of the Dermot Weld stable remains a concern. Vocal Music was a little disappointing at Roscommon but might do better now and given that the Michael O’Callaghan stable is on the scoresheet already this week, perhaps his newcomer Captain Vancouver is one to note.
Exacta – 2-6 (Darkolva/Quizical)
Trifecta – 2-6-4 (Darkolva/Quizical/Vocal Music)
3.55 – Dream Walker – Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap – Each/Way
Dream Walker might just turn Tuesday night’s form with Riven Light around. From stall 17, had to come from the back of the field when third to this afternoon’s top-weight in the featured COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap and while wide again here, Riven Light is outside him this time. The selection also has a 7lbs swing at the weights and should confirm form with his stable companion Baraweez which was just behind him earlier in the week. Stipulate, Secret Wizard and Geological have even more ground to make up and are difficult to fancy. Tithonus is up in trip after completing a big sprint double at the Curragh last month while one dropping back in distance is Branch Line which was well beaten at Gowran Park a month ago. Katiymann and Stenographer might be two more with a chance while Ma Fee Heela gets in on bottom weight and should also go well.
Exacta – 9–1 (Dream Well/Riven Light)
Trifecta – 9–1 (Dream Well/Riven Light/Ma Fee Heela)
4.30 – Shaneshill – At The Races Chase – Win
Shaneshill is the best of these and will be winning if none the worse for his run in TheTote.com Galway Plate here on Wednesday. He took second place that day behind the impressive Balko Des Flos and is certainly one that can improve. Arbre De Vie was a moderate sixth in Wednesday’s feature while Road To Riches, a former Galway Plate winner, was tenth in this year’s renewal. It is difficult to see either of them turning that form around but they might still have more to offer at these weights than Ask Nile and the long absent Ted Veale.
Exacta – 3-5 (Shaneshill/Arbre De Vie)
Trifecta – 3-5-2 (Shaneshill/Arbre De Vie/Road To Riches)
5.00 – Jack The Wire – Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase – Each/Way
Jack The Wire was slow to get going at Tipperary but ultimately ran out the easiest of winners and is taken to follow up. Well-fancied, he made a couple of mistakes early on but was full of running when easily accounting for Magnetic Force. Up 11lbs now, he could be a match for top-weight Attribution which was a winner at Limerick last time. However, the form of that win might be questionable as he beat Ballyoisin which was running for the second time in four days. Ballyoisin had earlier finished well clear of this afternoon’s contender Mr Fiftyone at Killarney. Neverushacon is back over fences for the first time since falling at the Punchestown festival but he has run two nice races on the Flat since. British raider Noche De Reyes was a wide margin winner at Perth and might be a bigger danger than Dicosimo which lost out to the smart Peregrine Run at Wexford and runs in just his second handicap chase here.
Exacta – 11-1 (Jack The Wire/Attribution)
Trifecta – 11-1 (Jack The Wire/Attribution/Noche De Reyes)
5.30 – Dara Tango – JPK Fencing Handicap – Each/Way
Dara Tango did well on his return from a lengthy absence when second to Automated over a trip close to this at Leopardstown in early June. That was his first start since December of 2014 and it would come as no surprise if he went a place better now. He will hopefully make the best of a fair draw and is just preferred to Mr Adjudicator which is running well and was second to Pearl Of The West here on Monday night. He runs from the worst of draws and another out wide is Ensign which runs in his first handicap after taking third place behind Haripour at Navan at the beginning of June. Bottleofsmoke was just in front of Easy Pass when the pair finished third and fourth behind Song Of Namibia at Bellewstown. Easy Pass has since finished fourth to Monarch over hurdles at Kilbeggan but has it all to do here from stall 16. Manomine is another out wide and mightn’t be as big a danger as the British raider Royal Flag which looks a consistent sort and runs from the lowest draw.
Exacta – 17-9 (Dara Tango/Mr Adjudicator)
Trifecta – 17-9-3 (Dara Tango/Mr Adjudicator/Royal Flag)
6.00 – Ainsi Va La Vie – Fr Breen Memorial INH Flat Race – Win
Ainsi Va La Vie can make up for lost time. A seven-year-old, she made a winning start in grand fashion when easily accounting for subsequent Wexford winner Osco Mosco at Limerick and hopefully there will be much more to come. Her stable companion Vittorio is another that made a belated debut but she also started well when winning in good style at Roscommon last month. Santiago De Cuba also won at the first time of asking when successful at Killarney two weeks ago and might be the biggest danger to the selection. Vocarium was a winner at the Punchestown festival but was well beaten behind Los Alamos at the same track in mid-May.
Exacta – 3-1 (Ainsi Va La Vie/Santiago De Cuba)
Trifecta – 3-1-6 (Ainsi Va La Vie/Santiago De Cuba/Vittorio)
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