Damut can add to Dullea's flying start
Rookie trainer Joe Dullea can this afternoon build on the bright start that he has made to his training career with Damut at Clonmel.
Based in Bandon in west Cork, Dullea has done brilliantly with the three horses that he has saddled in his first full season with a licence.
Milan Quartet finished second on its only start over fences at Galway last month, Vermout Fougeray has twice passed the post in second place from three outings, while Damut has been the star of the fledgling operation.
The seven-year-old has won both of his starts this term, scoring here back in May before following up at Cork in early August. On both occasions he has won with a little bit to spare, so, while he will need to improve again to defy another eight-pound hike in the ratings, he has the scope to do so.
Damut faces six rivals in what is a tight little two-miler. Eric The Third is also on a hat-trick and Tobar Na Gaoise is a potential threat under Barry Geraghty. However, the selection appeals as one to keep on side for now, so he gets the nod to collect for Jonathan Burke.
Dullea's more established Kinsale neighbour Robert Tyner will saddle what is probably the card's best horse. Carrigmoorna Rock's star has fallen a little since she scooted up in a Leopardstown Grade Three last Christmas.
She was pulled up in her two subsequent outings last season, but she shaped more encouragingly on her return at Gowran Park last month, when she travelled with all her old vim only to tire after the second-last flight.
Philip Enright's mount will surely come on for the run, and, if she does, she shouldn't have much trouble justifying the nap vote in the mares' beginners chase. Granted, she will need to jump adequately, but she is already a point-to-point winner, so that experience will stand to her.
The same firm are represented by the frustrating Table Tips in the opening mares' hurdle. Pat Fahy's recent course bumper winner Ten Times Better may be the horse to beat in that, with Ruby Walsh's booking an obvious plus for her chance.
A daughter of Beneficial, Ten Times Better finished in the first four in each of her first five bumper starts, before gaining a deserved win here 28 days ago. If that standard of consistent performance translates now that she goes jumping, she should win a modest-looking affair.
Mick Winters' Model Cloud is an eye-catching rival. The Trevor Hemmings-owned five-year-old was an impressive point-to-point winner on her only previous outing, so she has obvious potential.
In the opening maiden hurdle, the in-form Gordon Elliott-Bryan Cooper-Gigginstown Stud axis can score with Roman Gold. Another Beneficial progeny, Roman Gold ran well to be second in a bumper here last February.
He didn't seem to get home over two-and-a-half miles on his Navan return, so the return to two miles here should suit ideally.