Wednesday 7 December 2016

Last Goodbye can extend Doyle's impressive recent run

Published 28/09/2015 | 02:30

Last Goodbye is fancied to further enhance Liz Doyle's stunning recent form in today's bumper at Roscommon
Last Goodbye is fancied to further enhance Liz Doyle's stunning recent form in today's bumper at Roscommon

Last Goodbye is fancied to further enhance Liz Doyle's stunning recent form in today's bumper at Roscommon.

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The shrewd Wexford handler has saddled three winners from her last five runners, with Whizzey Rascal completing a Downpatrick double for her under Finny Maguire on Friday.

Maguire, ridiculously good value for his seven-pound claim, is again booked to steer Last Goodbye, which is a half-brother to the smart graded-winning chaser, Sher Beau.

On its Punchestown debut in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper, Last Goodbye travelled like a decent prospect en route to finishing eighth behind Petit Mouchoir.

That was a fine turn in a proper race, with Tesseract, which finished third, unbeaten in three bumpers since, and St Stephen's Green, a place in front of Last Goodbye, also since going on to land a bumper impressively.

They are the only two that finished in the first 10 to have run in the meantime, so the omens are good for Last Goodbye in what looks a far weaker contest. Indeed, on the assumption that he will have made average progress from that, he is nap material.

Three jump races precede the bumper, the first of which is a €35,000 Grade Three novices' chase that features just four runners. The Game Changer and Sizing Platinum look likely to fight it out, and Sizing Platinum is the one to keep on side under Jonathan Burke.

He impressed when making it two from two over fences at Galway, readily accounting for Rock The World, which the Game Changer was then beaten by back at Ballybrit three weeks ago, albeit off less favourable terms.

Sizing Platinum has the makings of a horse that could more than hold his own through the winter, so he ought to complete his hat-trick now.

Tom Mullins's Tavern Times has twice run well in defeat recently. He is burdened with top-weight in the handicap chase, but, with the trainer's excellent son David taking three pounds off his back, he is trusted to gain a deserved win.

In the apprentices' Flat handicap, Colin Bowe's Tawseef is appealing. Ian Queally's mount loves plenty of cut in the ground and is in at a mark that he won off in May.

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