Klinnsman can score in Sligo contest for Heskin and Harty
Klinnsman is napped to build on the promise of his recent handicap bow at Sligo tonight.
Eddie Harty's six-year-old contests a 15-runner handicap hurdle over two-and-a-half miles. It is a competitive affair comprising three last-time-out winners, including Ross O'Sullivan's King Blue, which is partnered by Ruby Walsh after skating up at Cork last month.
Under a 9lb penalty, King Blue may have a big say again, but Klinnsman has more scope to improve beyond the same rating of 106. Denied a head by dual Grade One winner Lieutenant Colonel in a 2013 Punchestown bumper, the son of Germany ran well in three maiden hurdles this term.
After a winter break, Klinnsman re-emerged at Tipperary to make its handicap bow off 103, catching the eye to flash home for second. That confirmed his potential, so he is fancied to take a bit of stopping off a 3lb higher rating now for Adrian Heskin.
Walsh has ridden three winners this term, but it is his namesake Mark who tops the early exchanges in the riders' championship with twice that, one ahead of Davy Russell. Mark Walsh was denied a fair crack at the title last term when he got injured as the season was reaching its climax, but he will give it another go this season.
Whatsforuwontgobyu and Mollyanna are among his better rides here, but Tom Taaffe's I Knew Well is the one of his mounts that has most going for it.
The Oscar gelding faces three others in the novices' hurdle, with Speed Demon sharing the top rating of 116. Gordon Elliott's charge hung on over three miles at Cork and that form has stood up, but over this half-mile shorter trip he might be vulnerable,
I Knew Well is going the other way, having won twice over two miles, following four runner-up finishes in decent company. He is progressive, so he can complete his hat-trick now.
Danielle's Journey is the one in the opener, having shown some smart bumper form.