Our horse racing expert Andy Holding has three tips for today's racing with all three running at Listowel.
Feigh created a favourable impressive when winning on debut at Killarney and she look a useful recruit to the winter game, but so too does TOO BRIGHT (best price 3-1) and at the morning prices, Noel Meade’s gelding makes much more appeal.
Progressive on the Flat, the son of Fulbright finally made the breakthrough at the 11th attempt of asking at Roscommon and with the time figure of the race very good for the grade, the contributory factor for his level of improvement can be directed towards fitting of a first-time tongue-tie. Sent over hurdles to Ballinrobe for the first time with the same contraption in place, the three-year-old travelled with the same purpose he had done 12 days earlier and, without his jockey Sean Flanagan having twitch inside the final half a mile, his mount strode purposely well clear of his toiling rivals that included the well-fancied pair, Powerful Kieran and Razdan – both similarly bring strong form from the Flat to the table. Although not posting a time figure absolutely off the charts, his numbers at the Mayo track were more than healthy and with the distinct possibility of a performance far greater than his debut on account of today’s better surface, this well-made juvenile can start making similar tracks to those trod by stable mate Jeff Kidder for the same connections.
Six winners in four days suggests Gordon Elliott has had a massive impact on his team since re-joining the training ranks and his representative here, SAY GOODBYE (best price 4-1), looks to have bright prospects of supplying the Co Meath handler with more cheer in this mares’ only contest.
Returning from a 50-day break and stepping up to 2m4f for the first time at Bellewstown two months ago, the daughter of Getaway ended up running out an extremely impressive winner of a maiden hurdle that was run at a sound gallop right from the start. Seemingly relishing the trip and good ground, the way she hit the line strongly suggested she had plenty more to offer and having the size and scope to keep getting better with time, this strappy mare can continue her progression over hurdles before finally fulfilling her true potential over fences further down the line.
BUTTERFLYVESPIERE (best price 7-2) ran with great credit in a much tougher mares’ race than the one she faces today at the Galway Festival last time out and a repeat of a something similar should see her bang on the scene for the fifth time in succession.
Heading into that hugely competitive 20-runner affair at Ballybrit, Peter Fahey’s mare was always in the thick of the action and having looked like one of the most likely winners rounding the home turn, she just couldn’t quite find the necessary extra to go with the front pair. That said, the overall time figure and final circuit sectionals, which were better than the listed race won by the 127-rated Annie G, strongly pointed towards the daughter of Monmatre putting in a career-high effort and having come out of the contest virtually unscathed by the assessor, it would be something of a surprise if she wasn’t going close to landing this prize over a more suitable trip.