Speedy Timeline can collect again for Joyce
Majestic Timeline can enhance her stature as rookie handler Adrian Joyce's most prized possession by justifying tonight's nap vote at Dundalk.
Responsible for six of Athlone-based Joyce's nine winners either side of the water, the pacey Majestic Missile mare recorded her third victory at the Co Louth track when scoring off a career-high mark of 69 a month ago.
She hasn't been out of the first two in five starts since November, and was just collared by Your Pal Tal on her latest outing off 73. In drawing two-and-a-half lengths clear of the re-opposing Strategic Heights, Majestic Timeline emerged with real credit again.
She is up to 77 now and Strategic Heights is five pounds better off with her in tonight's opening dash, but the suspicion is that she has it within her range to defy those terms, as she is a force of nature here over five furlongs.
The main negative about Majestic Timeline is that she is drawn widest in stall seven. However, she breaks well and won from an identical situation in January, so Chris Hayes should be able to overcome that disadvantage again.
Coach Bombay, Joyce's only other runner, is also expected to oblige under the excellent Hayes. The seven-year-old hasn't won since doing the double for Mick Halford at the all-weather facility in 2012, latterly when skating up by seven lengths off a rating of 52.
He has been a little in and out for Joyce over the past year, but he returned for a first time since June to catch the eye in third a month ago.
Coach Bombay has plenty appeal now off a mark of 50 from a career-high figure of 67. Curragh-based Michael O'Callaghan is another trainer going places, and he can get among the winners here with Clutchingatstraws.
The Showcasing filly must shoulder top-weight in the three-year-olds' handicap, having broken her duck at the fifth time of asking in December. The third, Marise, has since won, so Clutchingatstraws is fancied to follow up under apprentice Donogh O'Connor.
O'Callaghan's Special Forces is a nicely bred newcomer in the seven-furlong maiden, but Halford's Hat Alnasar is preferred. Chinned by Song Of Love over a mile last time, the Moss Vale colt might be happier back over this trip.
At Thurles yesterday, Bryan Cooper picked the 'wrong' Gigginstown horse as 4/5 favourite Milsean played second fiddle to Sub Lieutenant in the Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle.
Cooper took Milsean to the front three out and it all looked to be going to plan as the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old took a couple of lengths out of the field early in the straight.
However, Barry Geraghty did not give up on Sub Lieutenant (7/2) and got a good jump at the last out of Sandra Hughes' charge before galloping five and a half lengths clear.
Cooper was also out of luck earlier aboard Arnaud when the pair narrowly lost out to Rubi Light and Davy Russell in the conditions chase.