Sassy primed to show her class at Tipperary
David Marnane's string has been in solid form and he can strike this evening with Sassy But Classy, his sole runner on Tipperary's mixed card.
Based in nearby Bansha, Marnane has increasingly been utilising the services of the 2013 champion apprentice Connor King, with Fergal Lynch now plying his trade in Britain again.
King has enjoyed an excellent run lately, and Sassy But Classy has a serious chance of carrying him to his 11th success of 2015 in the five-furlong handicap. Just seven go to post, but it is competitive, with Calm Bay, Sassaway and Battleroftheboyne all consistent operators.
As a maiden, Sassy But Classy has a way to go to match their feats, but the Kyllachy filly has plenty going for her. Placed four times in seven starts, she was last seen making the running before tiring into third in a Dundalk maiden over six furlongs. Prior to that she had been chinned there by Aggression over five, having also been second off a mark of 75 in a handicap over six.
While Sassy But Classy is clearly quite capable of mixing it over both sprint trips, it looks as though the minimum distance suits her best, so she is a potentially progressive three-year-old that warrants support.
Aidan O'Brien is another locally-based handler that could depart with a 100pc strike-rate.
The Ballydoyle genius and his son Joseph team up with Washington DC in the juvenile maiden, six days after the colt got run out of it by Blood Moon at Dundalk. Dermot Weld's Hoppala, third on its Curragh bow on Sunday, is a threat, but there was enough in Washington DC's narrow defeat to suggest that he will take a bit of stopping.
In the three-year-olds' equivalent over 12 furlongs, the Rosegreen firm's King Of Aragon can also make amends for a soft-ground defeat at headquarters earlier in the month.
Over jumps, Mark Walsh returns from injury to begin a late thrust to reel in Ruby Walsh at the top of the riders' table. His only booking is Mick Winters' Bitsandpieces in the concluding maiden hurdle, and the partnership is tipped to collect.
Well-backed when a game second on its Thurles track bow in February, Bitsandpieces should improve to score.
At Fairyhouse last night, the bookies took a hammering in the opening three races which were all won by well-backed favourites.
The Thomas Gibney-trained To Choose (9/4) won the opener under Adrian Heskin and it was more of the same in the next as Liam Cusack's Bog War easily justified heavy support (9/4 favourite) under David Mullins.
The three-mile handicap hurdle was won in similarly emphatic terms by 2/1 favourite Never Said That as Edward Cawley's charge galloped clear of Some Drama under Ger Fox.