A HARDY NAILER (Robert Tyner) Looked an exciting prospect in her very early days but then seemed to lose her way totally. Signs of improvement for her patient and skilled trainer lately, and her close second at Fairyhouse last Wednesday gives real hope of a breakthrough.
APPLE’S JADE (Gordon Elliott) Needs no introduction and at Navan last Sunday took up where she left off last season, easily one of the classiest and fastest mares in training. Afterwards the talk was whether she will defend her Mares Hurdle title at Cheltenham or run in the Stayers instead. To my mind she is Champion Hurdle material.
CHRIS’S DREAM (Eugene O’Sullivan) Nearly sprang a 50/1 shock in the opener at Clonmel on Thursday. Granted a soft lead for sure, but rallied well when passed by the eventual winner. A real bonus is that he seems ground versatile and he is sure to win a few races, though we’ll hardly see those kind of odds again.
FOOTPAD (Willie Mullins) His trainer has handled a fair few decent jumpers in his day, and when he says that he has never had a horse to impress as much in his first spin over fences at home we should take plenty of notice. Looks an obvious contender for the Arkle, but no doubt Willie has at least three other Festival targets also under consideration. Must be backed in the “to win any race at Cheltenham” markets.
MENGLI KHAN (Gordon Elliott) Took no prisoners in the For Auction at Navan and goes straight for the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse in two weeks time. Even from a yard dripping with juvenile talent, he has already been pencilled in for the Supreme Novices.
MIND’S EYE (Henry de Bromhead) Paid a real compliment to his recent conqueror Samcro when taking a hot contest at Fairyhouse. Will be a better chaser the trainer feels, and would love faster ground than what we’ve had to endure lately. Should pick up a prize or two at the Spring Festivals.
QUICK GRABIM (Willie Mullins) Ran a cracker in his first outing for the Closutton outfit when second to Mind’s Eye. Didn’t get the clearest of runs, his jockey lost his whip and this five year old is crying out for a longer trip. Plenty of scope.
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