In-form Tyner tipped to upstage Mullins at Naas with resurgent Carrigmoorna Rock
Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30
Robert Tyner's horses have been in fine fettle recently and there is a chance that he might even upstage Willie Mullins at Naas tomorrow.
In the BBA Ireland Opera Hat Mares' Chase, the Kinsale handler pitches Carrigmoorna Rock in against the champion trainer's Gitane Du Berlais.
A Grade One winner at Sandown this day last year, Gitane Du Berlais hasn't been herself of late, and her aggressive running style could render her vulnerable to a rival of Carrigmoorna Rock's calibre.
Having won a Grade Three hurdle impressively at Leopardstown over Christmas 2014, the King's Theatre eight-year-old lost her form.
However, she has bounced back with a vengeance, building on a promising fencing debut to breeze home at Thurles last time.
Granted, a mistake by Uranna two-out helped her cause that day, but she had the runner-up's measure at the time.
It was a performance that suggested she has come right back to her best, which would make her a formidable opponent under Philip Enright in this four-runner Listed race.
In the maiden hurdle that follows, Tyner and Mark Walsh are trusted to deliver the day's nap with Fairly Legal. A Beneficial gelding that won on its pointing bow in December 2014, Fairly Legal has twice run well in defeat over hurdles.
Third to Okotoks at Cork, he kept on well when second to Hurry Henry at Naas last month. Both were highly respectable efforts, and on each occasion Fairly Legal looked as though he would be best suited by further.
He goes from two miles to two miles and three furlongs now, so he should prove hard to beat.
That said, it isn't a bad race, with Mullins' Haymount and Ross O'Sullivan's Call It Magic both well capable of giving the selection plenty to think about.
In the two-mile handicap chase, Tyner and Enright are represented by Leap Dearg. McManus's Enda Bolger-trained
My Hometown is an unknown quantity in this, and a case could be made for a number of the 12 runners.
Still, in two previous visits to the Kildare venue, Leap Dearg has won two similar races to this. He is 9lb higher than when scoring here in January 2015 and has to lump top-weight, but this is a course that suits his handy racing style, so he should complete the hat-trick.
In the opening maiden hurdle, Dermot Weld introduces an interesting Flat recruit in Good Tradition. Niall Madden's mount could prove a class apart, but slight preference in this is for the Mullins and Ruby Walsh representative, Babbling Stream.
A Limerick bumper winner for Pat Doyle on his bow last April, Babbling Stream's most recent Navan third behind Death Duty and Our Duke was a decent turn.
He had previously showed a little temperament when running out at Punchestown, but he clearly has an engine. If he adapts to hurdling, he should take a bit of stopping.
In the beginners' chase, Alisier D'Irlande is fancied to make amends for crashing out at Fairyhouse.
Andrew Lynch's mount is a hell-raiser watch, but he also has a touch of class.