13:00 Wexford

This looks a good opportunity for GOOD RECEPTION. Tom Foley's charge was off for exactly a year before reappearing over this trip in Limerick last month to finish a very creditable second at 50/1. Of course the form has to be questioned as the winner was 100/1, but the fact that Good Reception finished clear of the remainder bodes well that he can build upon that effort. Hybery hasn't shown much in four starts, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him do better in this company for Willie Mullins off a break from March. Arthur Fonzarelli has fallen in his last two maiden hurdles, however, if he brushes up on his jumping he has the ability to get involved here. He came home second in a Roscommon maiden hurdle in September. Charlie Siringo could get closer on this better ground. Dinny's Ginny wasn't beaten far into fifth at Tramore and could put that experience to good use.
Prediction : 1st Good Reception 2nd Hybery 3rd Arthur Fonzarelli

13:30 Wexford

CRIMSON CHIEF could reward a switch back to hurdles. He was well backed before coming home second in a handicap chase at Tramore last month, after an absence of almost nine months. He now competes off a lower hurdle rating and Sean O'Keeffe takes 5lbs off his back. Furthermore, he will relish this decent ground. Kilmurry is getting closer to the breakthrough in his last couple of runner-up finishes. It is fair to say, though, that his best form has come over shorter trips than this. Getaway Glenda won a mares' maiden hurdle at 66/1 in Tramore and now has to back that up over half a mile further. Comporta is a threat on the back of a runner-up finish over this trip in Gowran Park.
Prediction : 1st Crimson Chief 2nd Kilmurry 3rd Getaway Glenda

14:00 Wexford

Eoin Walsh lessens IN YOUR SHADOW's burden by a more than handy 7lbs which could make the difference. The six-year-old gelding was successful in a two and a half mile beginners' chase at Tipperary in July, when encountering better ground. He is taken to supplement those gains here. Mark McNiff has hit form which brings his Lighthouse Rose into contention after a solid third place in Downpatrick. Spanish Leather was beaten a fair way into third in Limerick, but that form can be seen in a better light after the winner followed up in Galway. Spanish Leather can, therefore, get in the mix.
Prediction : 1st In Your Shadow 2nd Lighthouse Rose 3rd Spanish Leather

14:30 Wexford

ARTHUR'S BABY is very hard to get away from after her impressive victory at Cork on Sunday. She travelled all over her rivals before easily putting them away by a comfortable two and three quarter lengths. That handicap hurdle was over an extended two miles three, however, she is a former point-to-point winner so three miles here shouldn't pose problems. She ought to be up to overcoming the 5lb penalty if in the same mood. At the time of writing, her trainer Mark McNiff has had four winners from his last eight runners. Double Windsor has a fondness for this track which makes him dangerous. Half of his four career victories have been in Wexford, and he arrives on the back of a close second over three miles in Cork. Miraculum has been banking place money and has prospects of picking up more. Our Majella ran well for third in Thurles and isn't out of it.
Prediction : 1st Arthurs Baby 2nd Double Windsor 3rd Miraculum

15:00 Wexford

BRAID BLUE has an absence since October to overcome, but could be a useful recruit to steeplechasing. He missed two engagements in July, so it will be good to see him getting a run here. The seven-year-old gelding certainly knows how to get his head in front having won two bumpers and four hurdle races. He's a stayer who appreciates good ground. Popong won her maiden hurdle at this track, and is highly likely to show improvement from her 11-length second in a mares' beginners' chase at Tipperary. Castello Sforza's run in Tramore drew the attention of the stewards. In the end he finished a never nearer second so he has his chance. This is easier than the Grade B novice handicap chase that Monkshood was pulled up in at Naas in February. Prior to that, he was fourth in a couple of beginners' chases that saw winners come out of them. The concern is the ground as he would welcome a lot of rain.
Prediction : 1st Braid Blue 2nd Popong 3rd Castello Sforza

15:30 Wexford

WOODBROOK BOY won well under an attacking ride at Tramore and can follow up off a 6lbs higher mark. He was just caught in a beginners' chase around here last summer so handles this left-handed track just as well. Court Maid is a course winner over hurdles and was touched off in a handicap chase at Roscommon last September. She might improve on recent efforts with the addition of first-time blinkers. My Manekineko is not easy to win with (1-23 over fences) but has generally been in good form this year and ran well when ridden to pick up the pieces in a Grade 3 novice chase at Galway last week. Inishbel was maybe a bit flattered to get close to the useful Tintangle at Fairyhouse last year, but the Downpatrick maiden hurdle winner was capable in point-to-points and could get competitive in her first handicap chase.
Prediction : 1st Woodbrook Boy 2nd My Manekineko 3rd Inishbel

16:00 Wexford

ALICE JOHNSTON has been a bit unfortunate not to have won by now and can put that right on this occasion. She missed the last when a running-on third at Tipperary and had three of these rivals behind her when just failing to catch Bridge Native on the short run-in at Tramore last time. Up 4lbs for those two good efforts, she has strong claims here. Bective Cave (fourth) was odds-on for that Tramore contest but hasn't been able to capitalise on a much lower chase mark thus far. Arch Melody won twice around here last year and his trainer was back amongst the winners recently. He'll be a big danger to all if fully tuned up on his first outing since last October.
Prediction : 1st Alice Johnston 2nd Bective Cave 3rd Arch Melody

05/08/2020 Wexford Acca