Race-fit Sizing Gold has mettle to spoil the party for Mozoltov
Fresh from the first treble of his career on Sunday, Henry de Bromhead can produce Sizing Gold to land the nap vote at Gowran Park this afternoon.
A cracking prospect that has not been out of the first two in four career starts, the Alan Potts-owned five-year-old beat recent runaway winner Defy Logic when victorious in a Navan bumper in February.
On his other three outings, he has been beaten by Make Your Mark, Seefood and Don Cossack, each a quality performer.
In today's two-and-a-quarter-mile maiden hurdle, Mozoltov is the potential fly in the ointment. Willie Mullins' dual bumper winner was a fine third to Champagne Fever at Punchestown in the spring, and he has the makings of a proper horse.
Indeed, he might well head the market for this, but the fact that Sizing Gold is already race-fit might just swing the verdict his way. With the always reliable Andrew Lynch up, he can be trusted to maintain his Waterford handler's fine run of form.
Also quite strongly fancied is Misca Musca in the preceding novices' handicap hurdle. Davy Russell's booking on the Arthur Moore-trained recent course and distance winner Treat Yourself is of note in this, but Misca Musca is preferred.
Lar Byrne's lightly-raced four-year-old was an encouraging third on its handicap debut at Naas, and confirmed that promise by scoring at Navan.
In doing so, the son of Westerner looked useful, beating Lead Kindly Light – successful over fences next time – in a strong-galloping performance under John Cullen.
Up 7lb, he still has plenty of appeal.
In the mares' hurdle, conditional jockeys' table leader Mark Enright can secure a first career win for Galway handler Grainne O'Connor – sister-in-law of point-to-point legend Derek O'Connor – on Sherika.
Second to Happy New Year, which completed a hat-trick at Punchestown recently, on its latest outing at Limerick, Sherika is consistent and gets in off a low weight here.
Patrick Mullins, who is chasing a record number of winners in a calendar year for an amateur rider, has plenty of chances for his father Willie, with respective hurdling and bumper debutants Upazo and Super Mix possibly the pick of his four-strong book.