Flyer can scupper Mullins' Sligo foray
Shantou Flyer is napped to foil Willie Mullins's sole runner at Sligo in this afternoon's concluding chase.
Mullins and Ruby Walsh combine for Un Beau Roman in the conditions race that brings proceedings on a low-key, all-chase spread to a close at the western venue. Un Beau Roman is the highest rated in this €14,500 contest.
He was well beaten in the Kerry National, and his Tramore beginners' win in August 2014 is the only time that he has obliged in 16 starts over the past two years.
Needless to say, with just three rivals here, Un Beau Roman has been found a decent opportunity to shake off his frustrating tag.
However, although the ground will be drying out, he has only ever won on genuine good ground, which he may not get here.
Shantou Flyer has yet to acquire an official rating over fences, but he was a solid 120-130 horse over flights. Successful over fences at Galway in the summer, he has been second on two of his other three chasing starts, most recently chasing home Perfect Promise back at Ballybrit three weeks ago.
On that occasion, he was conceding four pounds to a smart mare that was rated 126 at the time and is now on 130. All of 11 lengths behind Shantou Flyer in third was Urano, which was just chinned off 134 in the Kerry National.
That constituted a fine turn from Shantou Flyer. He is a progressive and game sort that should keep improving, so he appeals as being nicely treated here under Mark Walsh, given that he receives three pounds from his rivals.
Moreover, his trainer Colin Bowe's runners have been flying, with three wins and a second to the excellent Wexford handler's name from his last seven runners.
Bowe has two other runners today, and Katie Do might also score for him in the three-mile handicap chase.
This cracking mare has a lot on her plate here, but she has already racked up a hat-trick over the past six weeks, a stunning feat that has seen her go from a mark of 86 up to 109.
Katie Do is seven pounds higher than when recording her latest Listowel victory, and this will be a very different assignment under top-weight.
Still, it isn't the greatest race, so she has serious claims of plundering a fourth successive handicap for Mikey Fogarty.
Earlier, Walsh is tipped to get among the winners when he is reunited with Adrian Maguire's smart Presenting mare, Davinia's Tip.
A point-to-point, maiden hurdle and beginners' chase winner, Davinia's Tip impressed on her handicap bow at Wexford on St Patrick's Day.
She hasn't been seen since and is also seven pounds higher, but she is one to keep on side.
In today's beginners' chase, Arthur Moore's Sea Beat might make amends for an early spill at Listowel, when a late change of direction just before the seventh fence appeared to distract him.
A bitterly disappointing hurdler, the Beat Hollow five-year-old had jumped well up to that point.
If none the worse, Robbie Colgan's mount could yet show himself to be better suited to this job than he was hurdles.