Sunday 28 May 2017

Progressive Ad Idem is poised to go one better

David Casey

RACEGOERS today will undoubtedly give War Of Attrition a worthy send-off in his last race before retirement in the Guinness Gold Cup and while the romantics are hoping for Mouse Morris' charge to sign off with victory, Denman is going to be the one to beat.

A repeat of his Cheltenham Gold Cup performance should be enough and the War camp will just be hoping that their charge comes home in one piece. Joncol might be the fresh horse, having not run since his win at Leopardstown in February, but Denman should give Paul Nicholls and AP McCoy another memorable day.

Ad Idem is my nap for the day in the staying novice hurdle (4.55). The six-year-old was second last time out to Quito De La Roque at Fairyhouse and seems to be on the upgrade. This race is well set up for him.

Tavern Times runs in the Champion Bumper and is another strong fancy after taking fourth in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper with Shot From The Hip another contender if he puts his festival failings behind him.

I ride Final Approach in the 4.20 Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle and he showed enough when winning at Downpatrick last month to suggest he can put up a decent performance here but the one we all have to beat is Son Amix. Tom Cooper's inmate gave a good account of himself in the Fred Winter and looks a good prospect.

Finger Onthe Pulse runs in the handicap chase at 6.40 and I believe Tom Taffe's nine year old was slightly unlucky in his last two runs. He's coming down in the handicaps too and that might just be the edge he needs to return to winning ways.

3.40 Rahan De Marcigny

4.20 Son Amix

4.55 Ad Idem (Nap)

5.30 Denman

6.05 Tavern Times

6.40 Finger Onthe Pulse

7.15 Hi Cloy

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