BALLYOISIN (Enda Bolger) Surprisingly the only horse to really take on Disko last Saturday – how the others allowed that classy proven stayer a big lead is a mystery – and was handsomely rewarded when a fine second. His jumping is much improved and he has bags of potential.
BAMAKAVO MORIVIERE (Willie Mullins) It’s not often that runners from this yard can stay under the radar but this recent dual winner seems somewhat underrated. He looked very good in the novice chase at Cork and the fact that Mullins was willing to take on Death Duty – who was not declared for that race as it turned out – speaks volumes. Ruby Walsh was certainly impressed: “he has plenty of gears and is growing in confidence all the time.”
DALY TIGER (Noel Meade) Before the concluding bumper which rounded off a pretty run of the mill midweek meeting at Thurles on Thursday, all the talk was about The Big Lense. Afterwards though Daly Tiger was the sole topic of conversation. He moved effortlessly from last to first for Nina Carberry to win as he pleased. He could be anything.
Yes, he fell in his only point to point at nearby Horse And Jockey but that was at the same fence that War Of Attrition tumbled at in 2004. And he won the Gold Cup two years later!
OUTLANDER (Gordon Elliott) Was shaping like a Leopardstown specialist (four out of four at the Dublin track) but knocked that theory into a cocked hat when taking a Down Royal Grade 1. Holds an entry for the John Durkan but probably needs three miles.
RAPID ESCAPE (Gordon Elliott) An expensive purchase at the Cheltenham March Sale and possibly not given an inspired ride in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper. Justified huge market support last weekend in what looked a high class bumper and should prosper over hurdles.
ROAD TO RESPECT (Noel Meade) Second to Outlander but crying out for a left handed track. That won’t be a problem with so many big race options at Leopardstown and Cheltenham.
SILK CRAVAT (Ger Lyons) Just touched off in third in a blanket finish at Dundalk, quick compensation awaits.
* Yet another great week for Declan’s tipping services with winners including – Logical Song 20/1 (won 7/1); Reckless Lad 13/2 (w 11/2); Daly Tiger 3/1 (w 7/4); Still Standing 7/4; Magic Of Light 6/4 (w 4/6); Clear Skies 6/4 (w evens); Cracking Smart 11/8 (w 5/4); Rapid Escape 5/4 (w 11/10) and Shady Operator evens (w 4/5).
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