Steve Ryder has three selections for Sunday's racing.
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Former Grade 2 winner French Made heads the market for this race but I feel it could go to the Willie Mullins second string Bohemian Birch (best priced at 8/1). The six-year-old was an impressive bumper winner in October 2020 before getting off the mark on her hurdling debut in December. That victory came at Tramore where she beat the Gordon Elliott trained Humble Glory by 2 ¼ lengths with the third beaten a further 8 ½ lengths.
Paul Townend has opted to ride French Made who was well beaten on her return at Galway following 782 days off the track so preference instead goes to the Brian Hayes ridden Bohemian Birch on her return following 283 days off the track.
The John Ryan stable are in fantastic form currently with four winners from their previous six runners with those coming at odds of 7/2, 15/2, 4/1 and 11/2. Their representative in this race Kilashee (best priced at 4/1) comes into it having won by 1 ¾ lengths at Ballinrobe 27 days ago when making all under Shane Fitzgerald.
Kilashee showed a good attitude to win that day and she should hold strong claims off a 7lb higher mark. The unexposed four-year-old Outlier looks the biggest danger but I am hoping that Kilashee can put her jumping under pressure and make all once again.
The Willie Mullins trained Captain Kangaroo has been beaten at odds of 5/2, 10/11, 5/2, 4/9, 1/5 and evens in maiden hurdles so he looks worth taking on again at a short price and preference instead goes to the Gordon Elliott trained Wall Of Fame (best priced at 15/8). The stable had a good day yesterday with three winners at Navan and this gelding now makes his reappearance following a comfortable bumper victory at Punchestown in March.
Wall Of Fame ran well on his previous start over hurdles when 3rd over 3 miles at Thurles in February looking like a strong stayer at the trip. This looks between the top two in the market and based on Captain Kangaroo’s record I feel it is worth backing Wall Of Fame to upset the favourite.