Monday 24 April 2017

Nicaragua can deliver good value at Tramore

Nicaragua, which ran a nice race last time, will relish the ground and was put in at what looked a huge price of 14/1 yesterday. Stock image
Nicaragua, which ran a nice race last time, will relish the ground and was put in at what looked a huge price of 14/1 yesterday. Stock image

Johnny Ward

Nicaragua looks like each-way value in the Play Colossus Football Pools At Thetote.com Maiden Hurdle at Tramore.

Katie O'Farrell takes the mount on the horse, which gets weight off a couple of previous winners well worth taking on. Top weight Broken Soul is essentially disappointing, while Ciao Cielo has a first-time tongue-tie, only ordinary form and a layoff to overcome.

Nicaragua, which ran a nice race last time, will relish the ground and was put in at what looked a huge price of 14/1 yesterday. His trainer, Cornelius O'Keeffe, trains from the home of jumping, Doneraile, in Co. Cork.

The feature today is the €15,000 two-mile handicap hurdle, a tricky and modest contest. Tom Cooper has had an extremely lean few years since Cheltenham winner Forpadydeplasterer was doing his stuff, but his For Pedro has decent claims under Tom's son Bryan here.

He travelled nicely at Cork last time before getting run out of it and looks a well-treated horse, with Balinaboola a danger for the excellent Garrett Power.

Tom Cleary has few jumpers at his base near Athlone, but Bracklin Princess likes this game. She can take the opener, getting there over hurdles and game in defeat on latest at Limerick.

The handicap over two miles and five is there for something unexposed and the Davy Russell-ridden Goodthynemilan can take this. The seven-year-old will appreciate the drying ground in a really weak race.

The nightcap is also there for the taking and another Midlands-based trainer, Adrian Murray, has notably booked Jamie Codd for Billy's Angel.

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