Oddschecker tips for every race at Tramore on Saturday.
Only half a length separated ALAROOS and River Rain when the pair finished third and fourth at Galway last time. The former just prevailed on that occasion but there is unlikely to be much between them once again. Perhaps from an inside draw, Gary Halpin can get the Kevin Prendergast trained filly away smartly and make it a test of stamina. River Rain remains unexposed after just the four starts and held some fancy entries earlier in the campaign. It would be no surprise to see her progress through the ranks once she manages to shed her maiden tag. Zawahir looks the next best on overall form, having shaped well on all three maiden runs to date. Daylight Dancer has to be monitored in the market as an unraced filly from a leading yard. Prediction : 1st Alaroos 2nd River Rain 3rd Zawahir
SIX FEET APART is interesting on her return to the Flat, having developed into a useful juvenile hurdler over the winter. The Joseph O'Brien trained filly showed promise on both starts on the level but is clearly a better animal now. Her ability to race prominently should also her serve well on a tight track such as this. Stablemate Explorers Way rates the main danger, having finished runner-up on his two most recent outings. The son of Australia has to be considered, as an improving three-year-old. First Emperor boasts the highest official rating in the race, having gone close on a couple of occasions. The Galileo gelding shouldn't be far away. Useful hurdler Carrarea will appreciate the better ground and also has a chance if fit enough after an absence.Prediction : 1st Six Feet Apart 2nd Explorers Way 3rd First Emperor
LAMPROG is interesting here stepping up in trip. Ray Cody's filly was in great form in the spring with two wins and a couple of placed efforts, including when staying on well for third over 1m2f at Sligo. She never got into the race at Galway last time but should be sharper for that run after a mid-season break. Butterfly Garden is unfortunate not to have a win on the board by now and has found just one too good in three of her four starts in handicaps. She was outpointed by a stronger stayer over 1m2f at Sligo last week but that's not to say she won't see out the longer trip at this unique venue. Rihani was very disappointing at Fairyhouse having stayed on well to be placed at Limerick previously. Maybe blinkers will enable him to bounce back to form. Steps In The Sand ran her best race so far when beaten less than a length over this trip at Down Royal.Prediction : 1st Lamprog 2nd Butterfly Garden 3rd Steps In The Sand
There's no one-meeting stipulation for jockeys in Ireland and title contenders Colin Keane and Billy Lee will be hot-footing it to Tramore from the Curragh. The three-time champion has a chance here on WOJOOD who popped up at a big price in a handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe on Monday. The six-year-old won over this trip at Thurles last autumn and can now race off 6lb lower mark due to some moderate efforts earlier in the season. Lee partners South East Star for Eoin Doyle who targets this meeting and, although disappointing last time, a reproduction of his fourth at Tipperary in June would see him involved. Sole three-year-old Lemon Ice went close at Down Royal and is open to improvement while top-weight Bears Hug has caught the eye a couple of times recently and is eligible to run in this grade for the first time. Contrapposto is very hard to win with but comes here in good form and has Rachael Blackmore's assistance.Prediction : 1st Wojood 2nd South East Star 3rd Bears Hug
KNIGHTLAILA had been disappointing after looking a promising sort when winning over 1m at Gowran in May but his last run was much more like it. Johnny Murtagh's colt got the 1m4f trip well when fourth in a handicap at Galway. The form has yet to be tested but it looked a competitive contest and perhaps cheekpieces will help, albeit a visor was tried unsuccessfully earlier in the campaign. Royal Eagle won over hurdles at Galway having previously been touched off at Dundalk in a race that worked out well. A line through Dundalk third War Correspondent, who filled the same spot when in front of the selection at Galway, gives her a good chance. World Famous was only beaten a little over three lengths in a premier handicap at Leopardstown on his penultimate start and now drops in grade while stepping up in trip. Star Image's narrow victory over Pale Moonlight at Galway came out of the blue and the latter, not beaten far at Naas the time before, may fare best of the pair on this occasion.Prediction : 1st Knightlaila 2nd Royal Eagle 3rd World Famous
GIBRALTAR looks the best of Willie Mullins' trio and can follow up his comfortable win at Leopardstown. He's gone up 8lb and has an extra furlong to travel but perhaps his ability to handle this very different track is the main concern for the Tamayuz gelding. Stablemate Dark Voyager has run a couple of solid races in defeat in 2m handicaps at the Curragh and Galway and certainly has his chance again. Stellium, a maiden winner on this card a year ago, bumped into a very well-handicapped winner at Ballinrobe and that was his third time to be placed this summer. Whether he wants to go 2m is the question mark against his name. Sheishybrid was a couple of places behind Stellium when catching the eye at the Curragh back in May. She won over hurdles recently and gives the impression that she could improve for stepping up to this trip. Prediction : 1st Gibraltar 2nd Dark Voyager 3rd Sheishybrid
WALNUT BEACH was hit hard for finishing clear of the rest when second at Galway at the back-end but is probably nearing a competitive mark again and has a top claimer on board. His last Flat start saw him finish an encouraging sixth at Killarney and he chased home an in-form rival in a handicap hurdle at Cork earlier this month. Local trainer Pat Flynn landed this contest with Jake Peter four years ago and will have had an eye on this race for some time. Barometer has been very consistent of late but is creeping up the ratings for some good placed efforts. It remains to be seen if he'll benefit for stepping up in trip. Shumaker, a fair fifth on his first run of the year at Ballinrobe, and previous C&D scorer Mandarin Monarch, fourth over fences here on Thursday, are both getting on in years but merit respect. Majestic Jewel and Molly Kaye are previous winners of this race and have claims again. Prediction : 1st Walnut Beach 2nd Barometer 3rd Molly Kaye