16:10 Roscommon

SIT DOWN LUCY (best price 2/1) created a favourable impression when making a winning chase debut at Galway a few weeks ago and today’s step up in grade can be taken in her stride if putting in a similar round of jumping.

Useful over hurdles, her progression in that discipline was underlining with a gutsy victory in a competitive affair at the Galway Festival, but it was at that point connections decided to crack on with a career which always the most likely end game. Taking to the larger obstacles with some aplomb, her technique was sound throughout in what turned out to be a well-run affair and given the level of opposition she beat, it’s no great surprise to see her pitched into a tougher assignment on just her second start over fences. A mare with an attitude to match her ability, this strong- travelling daughter of Doyen can prove that she belongs at this level.

Sit Down Lucy - 1pt

17:30 Down Royal

FENNOR CROSS (best price 11/4) has been pretty hard to fault over the past year, winning four of his eight starts, and with one of his most impressive victories during that period coming over today’s course, John McConnell’s gelding is fancied to continue the good work.

Beginning his winning spree at Gowran last August, the son of Elzaam has gradually worked his way through the ranks with a series of results which kept defying the assessor and even though his progress was slightly derailed at Galway last time, it was a performance that hardly suggested he’s a done deal just yet. Encouraging in many aspects on his hurdling debut back at Ballybrit last time out (race working out well), the five-year-old reverts back to the Flat at a track that clearly suits and with today’s conditions likely to suit him more than most, there’s every reason to expect another big display.

Fennor Cross - 1pt @ 11/4