Balofilo can double up at Ballinrobe
Take Balofilo to make hay while the sun is not shining and record a quickfire double by following up Sunday's success at Listowel with victory at Ballinrobe this afternoon.
A daughter of Teofilo, the five-year-old showed little in her first 10 runs but then gave a hint of her true ability at this venue last month when finishing runner-up to Mossy Island.
Martin Cullinane's charge then disappointed on her next outing, when sixth to He Is Top Class, but that race was over two-and-a-half miles and the likelihood is that she didn't stay.
Balofilo duly made amends in great style on soft ground at Listowel, where she romped home by over five lengths in the hands of John Fitzpatrick who renews the partnership under a six-pound penalty. Provided the exertions haven't taken too much out of her, the mare should double up on underfoot conditions she clearly enjoys.
Punters are sure to latch onto the appearance of the all-conquering team of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with Grangeclare Rosa which looks sure to start favourite in the mares' maiden hurdle.
While her recent Roscommon second to Ceol Agus Ol was a respectable effort, the five-year-old couldn't be accused of showing marked progress in her runs to date and John Nicholson's consistent bumper performer Ma Garrett could be a better option based on value alone. David Mullins' mount will be having her first run over hurdles and the daughter of Mahler could well come into her own in this sphere.
The novice chase looks an ideal opportunity for Waaheb to break his duck over the larger obstacles. Dermot Weld's eight-year-old was a good third to Shantou Flyer at Galway at the end of July before winning over hurdles at Roscommon last month. Art Of Payroll looks the main threat, but lack of a recent outing is likely to count against Bryan Cooper's mount.
Across the water yesterday, Fergal Lynch was the jockey to follow at Hamilton where the Derry native recorded an amazing 1,484/1 four-timer. Having won the first two races on David Brown's Tikthebox (11/4) and the Alan Berry-trained Raise A Billion (7/1), Lynch then drove home two winners for Jim Goldie with Celtic Power (10/1) and Hero's Story (7/2).