STHURIA (Willie Mullins) She didn’t hang about when making all for a facile mares beginners chase victory at Naas. She may go back there for the Opera Hat and could make them all hop as her no nonsense, business like approach from the front leaves no hiding place for those in behind.
BEYOND THE LAW (Mouse Morris) Clonmel was shrouded in fog on Thursday but from what we could see this looked a cracking performance as the local runner buried a Willie Mullins hot pot Draconian who had excelled over track and trip on his previous outing.
COOL SAINT (Henry de Bromhead) A close third to fancied Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott runners in a mares maiden hurdle, she must be backed in a similar contest next time.
DEMI SANG (Willie Mullins) You couldn’t say he travelled – or jumped – particularly well at Naas last Sunday but produced a deadly finishing kick to beat the very useful Avenir D’Une Vie. Bought by J P McManus in France the performance is hard to assess but in fairness he knuckled down at the business end.
ESPANITO BELLO (Alan Fleming) A welcome change of luck for the trainer and for owner Barry Connell. He made every post a winning one in a Naas bumper and should comfortably progress to better things.
URBANIST (Shane Nolan) Perhaps he thought the job was done when, after being ridden with considerable restraint, he hit the front only to have his pocket picked late. With just a slight variation in tactics compensation awaits.
SQUADRON COMMANDER (Willie Mullins) Cork form doesn’t always travel well, but this bumper winner at the Mallow track looked well above average. The ground was truly awful, and Patrick Mullins expects big improvement on a better surface. Hard to gauge the form as the runner up, while genuine, is no world beater. The Commander goes in a winners bumper next where we’ll learn a lot more.
Followers of Declan’s Irish Racing Service are in clover these days with recent winners including Raz De Maree 20/1 (won 16/1) and Shattered Love 16/1 (w 10/1). Realistically, can you afford NOT to have this service on your side as you pit your wits against the bookies in 2018?