With the decision to stage a hurdles and bumper card only at Gowran Park due to the chase course being unfit has resulted in a six-race cardwhich kicks off at 2.35.
The Red Mills Trial Hurdle at 15:10 is the hightlight of the day. It sees last year’s winner Zaidpour 4/6 meet a weakened Grade Two field with the exception of his stable mate So Young, who he has met and beaten twice already this season. The top weight is unlikely to burden Zaidpour as he is the class act of field with a Grade One victory and two solid efforts in Grade Twos this season so far. So Young is a 5-time winner over hurdles, but has yet to score at graded level and once again could be playing second fiddle to his stable companion here today.
Racing kicks off at 14:35 with the Shantou at Burgage Stud Maiden Hurdle. Willie Mullins’ Djakadam 4/5 is sure to be a strong favourite in this contest. He stayed on well when runner-up on his debut over hurdles in France last spring and was backed heavily for his debut on these shores at Thurles. He looked set for victory that day until stumbling after the final hurdle and unseating Ruby Walsh. Today he should win this contest with minimum fuss if he corrects his jumping. Each way value lies in the former Aiden O’Brien trained Mannheim at 20/1.
Vic Canvas 3/1 showed ability when winning a 2m3f bumper and 2m5f maiden hurdle before being sidelined for the best part of two years. There was plenty to like about his reappearance over the minimum trip at Naas last month behind Tennis Cap. The form has been boosted since and it could be worth taking a chance on the lightly raced 10 year old. Rogue Angel 2/1 is the obvious danger.
Call Rog 5/2 seems to be an improving sort in the Holden Plant Rentals Handicap Hurdle at 16:10. His third to Canaly recently showed enough that would suggest he is capable of taking this contest. His danger lies in Lookoutnow 2/1 who has won three of his last 4 four starts, scoring over both hurdles and fences last month. He is clearly in good form at present and remains well treated over hurdles.
She Knows Best is a filly that has been spoke of coming up to her debut appearance. She is by the inform sire Flemensfirth and is possibly worth taking a chance on the early morning price of 11/4. Danger lies in Kymin’s Way 3/1 and Yong Ambition 6/1.
Jane Mangan’s mount, Romantic Fashion 6/4, in the closing race looks to be the most interesting runner in the field. She made a promising start to her racing career when third in what looked a good bumper at Leopardstown three weeks ago and, with improvement expected, she could take all the beating here.