Friday 24 March 2017

Ruby can deliver with Bundle Of Fun

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Bundle Of Fun is napped to exploit a favourable handicap mark on what is a low-key card at Limerick this afternoon.

Willie Mullins' eight-year-old tackles the concluding handicap chase, with Ruby Walsh taking the reins for a first time since the gelding provided him with a welcome win after his return from injury in a three-mile hurdle race at Listowel.

In the meantime, Bundle Of Fun failed to take advantage of a stone lower rating over fences when well held in third under Patrick Mullins at Punchestown. However, not everything went smoothly then and the suspicion remains that he will yet prove capable of scoring off this mark.

While today's race represents a slight drop in trip to two and a half miles, Bundle Of Fun won over the distance at Ballinrobe in August and this 16-runner heat is short on quality.

In the preceding beginners' chase, Wilde Wit Pleasure is out to build on an encouraging third to Donnas Palm at Wexford, while Fists Of Fury and Gift Of Dgab represent the all-conquering Gigginstown Stud.

Davy Russell has opted for the latter Tony Martin-trained contender, but Fists Of Fury just shades the verdict.

A decent novice hurdler, Charles Byrnes' seven-year-old may not have relished the shocking conditions at Galway last month when he plugged on for third after being sent off favourite.

Fists Of Fury will encounter much better going here, so could outpoint Russell's chasing debutant under Philip Enright, who might also collect on Really Unique in division one of the handicap hurdle.

Theleze, a recent Alan Potts acquisition, makes its first start for Willie Mullins under Andrew Lynch in the mares' hurdle.

An all-weather bumper winner in France, she has placed form over hurdles at Auteuil, and could take plenty beating.

Irish Independent

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