Gigginstown go for National glory
The Midlands National Handicap Chase is the feature at Kilbeggan on Friday evening and owners Gigginstown House Stud have five horses declared for this valuable contest.
Four of their runners have won their last two, while Gordon Elliott is responsible for three of them.
Bryan Cooper has opted to ride the Mouse Morris-trained Ravished, who won over the course and distance in April before following up in the Killarney National in May.
Elliott's trio are Make A Track, Fort Smith and Akorakor, and he also has the James Power-owned Definite Ruby who will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
Amateur Tom Hamilton takes the ride on top-weight Make A Track, who struck at Down Royal in May before winning again at Punchestown in June.
Fort Smith, who won his last two at Downpatrick, will be ridden by David Mullins, while Kevin Sexton rides handicap debutant Akorakor, who has two wins over the course to his name.
The Willie Mullins trained-Balnaslow, who was third in the last year's Galway Plate, is the other Gigginstown representative and Ruby Walsh will be aboard this eight-year-old.
Rohan's Pride won the Mayo National at Ballinrobe on his last start and he looks a leading contender, with Perfect Promise, Connacht National winner Aranhill Chief and Noel Meade's Protaras others to consider.
As De Ferbet and Guitar Pete appear the two to focus on in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase, while Damefirth, My Manekineko, Pacelli Road and Catimini are a few for the shortlist in the Best Dressed Lady Competition At Kilbeggan Races On 8th August Handicap Hurdle.
Coffee Cantata, Tri Na Ceile and Tigroney are the stand-out names in the opening Tom McCormack Memorial Cup Mares Maiden Hurdle, and The Scourge should be able to take the Coola Maiden Hurdle.
St Maxime has won her last two over fences at Perth and she bids to complete the hat-trick as she reverts to timber in the three-mile Michael Moore Car Sales Mercedes-Benz Handicap Hurdle.
She has most to fear from Dedoctorsdaughter, Le Grand Chene, Dunroe Boy and Point Of Rescue, who sports first-time blinkers.
Willie Mullins saddles newcomer Ciandarragh in the concluding Sean Kane 70th Birthday Remembrance Flat Race and she is sure to have plenty of supporters.
Others to consider are Rightback Atya, Westren Warrior, Sting Jet and Sundower.