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Thursday 20 July 2017

Cromwell should be set for yet another Famous victory

Gavin Cromwell has established himself as a firm friend of punters in recent years with an excellent strike rate over jumps in particular. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Gavin Cromwell has established himself as a firm friend of punters in recent years with an excellent strike rate over jumps in particular. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Johnny Ward

Famous Milly is out of the handicap, but that can at least lengthen the odds available and she is put forward in Listowel's €50,000 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Premier Nursery.

Her trainer, Gavin Cromwell, has established himself as a firm friend of punters in recent years, with an excellent strike rate over jumps, in particular. His Plain Talking will be fancied in tomorrow's iconic Lartigue Hurdle and her stablemate can go well in today's event.

Famous Milly, by the prolific Famous Name, ran a nice race at Galway when well backed. Cromwell felt she did not handle the hill especially well, but she has no such worry today and she has a feather-weight in demanding conditions.

Ucanchoose's form figures are far from inspiring, but there is every chance his prospects will be underestimated by the layers ahead of the Feale Handicap. Trainer Andy Slattery is having a splendid season.

This old boy is extremely well-handicapped if he has retained ability. His Bellewstown run last time out is easily forgotten as he had a horrible trip.

Hibiscus should be good enough in the Listowel Track Fillies Maiden, while Black Waterfall is put forward under the promising Cian Collins in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle. Collins hails from near Tralee and this would be a popular local winner.

Black Waterfall gave the impression at Down Royal last time that he would prefer farther than two miles ideally, but the ground is a good deal more testing on this occasion and it looks as though Gordon Elliott may gradually step him up in yardage, thus ensuring that he can stay ahead of the handicapper.

Tony Martin's achievement in saddling three of the first five home in one of the handicaps on Champions Weekend was an astounding one for a jumps trainer. He is back to what he knows best today and Lord De Beaufai should be good enough to collect in a run-of-the-mill closing Follow Listowel Races On Twitter Maiden Hurdle under Ruby Walsh.

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