CUT THE MUSTARD (Willie Mullins) Still a work in progress jumping wise, she has plenty of ability and a willing attitude. May not have beaten an awful lot at Punchestown when scoring with some authority but is at a stable that have few peers when it comes to helping mares quickly climb the ratings and she should continue to thrive.
DIS DONC (Noel Meade) Finally got off the mark when landing a maiden hurdle at his local track Navan. Had earlier performed well against some smart rivals, and is possibly one to look forward to when stepping up in trip on much better ground.
GOULANE CHOSEN (Seamus Spillane) Ran a cracker when second to hot favourite Jett in the opener at Thurles on Thursday. Backed at 16/1 in the morning, was sent off at 11/2 and while the winner probably just about had his measure at the time, a mistake at the last clearly didn’t help his cause.
LAGOSTOVEGAS (Willie Mullins) Sent off a crazy 6/4 favourite in the Red Mills Hurdle as no matter how little weight she had to carry she is not at that level at all. But she is a useful dual performer, who should have a productive spring and summer both on the flat and over hurdles. And – here’s an edge for us – the widely held belief that she needs that heavy ground is complete nonsense, in fact she’d love a much better surface. One to keep in mind all the way from Fairyhouse at Easter to the Galway Festival in August.
YOUCANTCALLHERTHAT (Denis Hogan) Put some serious rivals firmly in their place at Thurles. She’s a classy tough nut who stays all day and is probably still on the upgrade. Should win plenty more if kept just below the top level.
SALDIER (Willie Mullins) Despite meeting serious interference from a loose horse he made a highly impressive debut at Gowran Park and this French bred looks a Triumph Hurdle player. It wouldn’t totally surprise if Ruby opts for this French bred, and the 25/1 that 188 Bet were offering during the week looks way too big a price. Most firms have him at around 10/1 and that looks about right.
VON HUMBOLDT (Charles Byrnes) From a yard that has suddenly started mopping up in bumpers and this fellow, while understandably running a bit green, went into many notebooks after trotting up at Punchestown on Wednesday. Will likely run in a winners bumper next.
* AHEAD OF THE GAME… Forge Meadow 8/1 (won 7/4), Call A Cab 6/1 (w 9/4), Von Humboldt 2/1 (w 8/13) and Jett 2/1 (w 11/10)… tasty bets for Declan’s Irish Racing Service this week. With Cheltenham rapidly approaching, make sure you hook up with the Irish early birds and always be a step ahead of the bookies.
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