Ardglen to keep up hot streak
Published 28/09/2011 | 05:00
ARDGLEN will attempt to record a remarkable fourth triumph in the space of 10 days at Sligo this evening.
A combination of 'Shark' Hanlon having his horses in excellent shape and a favourable schedule of races has conspired to see the seven-year-old excel at Ballinrobe, Listowel and Clonmel since last Monday.
While Ardglen was well rated over fences compared to his hurdling mark, Hanlon deserves credit for his ambitious entering policy and the Foley's Bar & Off Licence Chase is another feasible target.
Granted, there is a fear that Ardglen's efforts will catch up with him before the handicapper -- he will be at least seven pounds higher in future -- and he has never won over today's full three-mile trip.
Nonetheless, he is by some way the form pick of the nine runners, so it is worth speculating that he can oblige again under the seven-pound claimer Brian Hayes, who impressed greatly at Listowel and Clonmel.
Earlier on the card that comprises six chases and a bumper, Ruby Walsh is fancied to justify the nap selection on Traffic Article in the Martin Reilly Motors Hyundai Chase.
In truth, the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding may face little by way of opposition from his three rivals, though he has yet to win in conditions as testing as he will encounter here, with the official going being described as soft to heavy.
Still, Traffic Article ran well to be second in similar ground over two miles and six furlongs at Ballinrobe last week and the two-furlong drop in trip now should help.
In the Frank O'Beirne Memorial, Walsh partners Give Us A Hand, which finished third behind Traffic Article and Granaruid -- a winner since -- at Tramore in August.
That gives the nine-year-old an obvious chance here, but Easily Pleased is preferred.
Mouse Morris' lightly raced five-year-old, rated in excess of 100 over hurdles, was an eye-catching third on his fencing bow behind Sorceror at Ballinrobe. If he improves for that, he should win.
If Traffic Article obliges, Elliott might then double up with the consistent Davy Condon-ridden Definite All Star in the day's beginners' event.