This is a tidy novice race for the time of year and it is a very competitive race. The thing about Letherbelucky is that she is by Luso so predominantly they want better ground but I’m hoping she’ll be the exception to it. She was unlucky in Galway where she got badly interfered with early on in the race. Being a small filly it effected her confidence and really rattled her.
I’d expect her to turn form on Tugboat if she handles the ground but whether that will be enough or not is a different question. Magic Spear was good in his first run and Whatever Jacksays has been prolific so it’s a very competitive race. If she can go close we’ll be delighted.
- Betting: Listowel 15.30
Themoonandsixpence has been in training a long time but you can’t replicate a run. It’s such a competitive race and having been off the track for two years it’ll be one of Willie Mullins’ finest moment if he does win. He’s fit and he’s well and we’re hopeful. The ground will be the biggest issue. He definitely improved on quicker ground when he was training two years ago so we’ll definitely be worried about that.
Casey Top ran a cracker in the Galway Plate, Fosters Cross won in Galway the last time out, Alpine Eagle was staying on well in the Galway Plate, Wellforth was a good winner in the Blazers but the one I fancy is Startmeup. I was third on him at Navan in early March last year. He has good Winter form and I think he’s a good price and offers good each-way value.
- Betting: Kerry National 16.05
Askmeroe goes well on this ground and he usually jumps well. But he is getting on in years and he probably doesn’t win as often as he should. Clarkey won the race the last two years.
It’s not the greatest race in the world in fairness. Toomdeeley will go a fair old gallop, Instant Impaked is consistent enough and there are a couple of JP runners. Askmeroe will run well but you’d hate to be depending on him.
- Betting: Seamus Mulvaney Handicap 16.40
Pique Sous was a good third in the Cheltenham Bumper, you’d imagine he’d have to improve on his first run over hurdles. He’s a very high-strung individual and he’s very hard on himself so it might take him a bit of time to learn his trade properly over jumps.
It’s not the worst maiden hurdle in the world with Our Vinnie, Mumbo Jumbo and Ted Veale all have chances. However the ground will be Pique Sous biggest worry. He’s of Martaline so he definitely appreciates good ground but if he settles and jumps he should be hard to beat.
- Betting: Maiden Hurdle 17.10