Cromwell's Mallards can soar to new heights for Carberry
Mallards In Flight's three wins last term ensured that Gavin Cromwell signed off with a career-best tally and she is nap material now that she reverts to hurdles at Clonmel tonight.
Navan-based Cromwell's five winners over jumps were backed up by a sole Flat win last season. He has held a licence for close to 10 years, and continues to showcase his talents by doing well with limited resources, and Mallards In Flight, a home-bred by Well Chosen, is a fine example of his proficiency.
A winner of this three-mile handicap hurdle off a mark of 80 on her third start for Cromwell a year ago, the nine-year-old mare returned here to win over fences off 93 in early April, before impressing off a lofty 110 at Punchestown.
Mallards In Flight has been placed on six other occasions since joining her young handler, so he has done brilliantly with her.
This evening, she switches back to the smaller obstacles off a rating of 97 for 10st 8lb under Paul Carberry, so it will be a surprise if she doesn't prove hard to beat.
Another handicapper that appeals as being favourably treated at the Powerstown venue is Dot Love's Lucky Pat. Last summer's Galway bumper winner was deeply impressive at Kilbeggan last Friday, barely coming off the bridle for Davy Russell.
He reappears in the two-mile handicap hurdle under a six-pound penalty that doesn't seem at all punitive given the authority with which he won, and the quick turnaround shouldn't be an issue.
After landing his bumper last August, Lucky Pat turned out at Kilbeggan seven days later and scooted up on his hurdle debut, so he is fancied to go in again now, with a wind operation prior to Friday's triumph clearly after working well.
In the opening mares' Maiden Hurdle, Tim and Paul Townend could collect with the useful Wexford bumper winner Kala Brandy, while their fellow Co Cork man Mick Winters' might take the following geldings' edition with Clounts Meadow.
Niall Madden's mount was second in a Cork bumper two years ago and won a point-to-point in December. He has since run well in three hurdle races, and the bit of nice ground that he will get here should help his cause in a modest affair.