Sunday 20 August 2017

Toe The Line and Crack Tiepy take the eye on classy Wexford card

Trainer Willie Mullins Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile
Trainer Willie Mullins Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Wexford is better known for moderate fare during the summer but today's jumps offering in the Model County is pretty classy.

Willie Mullins' campaign is kicking into gear and he has sent a strong team to the track. In particular, Crack Tiepy takes the eye in the Slaney Hurdle.

Crack Tiepy, as a four-year-old, has a considerable weight receipt here. She was a maiden over hurdles in her native country but she recorded a chase victory at Lignieres in central France earlier this summer.

Emmanuel Clayeux, whose Velzey ran such a laudable race in the Betfair Chase on Saturday, previously trained Crack Tiepy. This mare may be given most to do by the promising Hunters Call, which has been off with a minor setback since last season.

Toe The Line brings high-calibre Flat form to the argument in the opening mares' maiden hurdle. The John Kiely inmate showed excellent attitude and stamina to win on the Flat at Naas towards the end of the recent campaign.

Rated 101 in that sphere, she ought to score under Paul Townend if her jumping holds up, perhaps at the expense of Bargy Lady.

Sutton Manor's trainer Gordon Elliott is clear at the top of the trainers' table yet gives himself no chance of winning the title. This one, owned by Gigginstown, is napped in the Supporters Club AGM Maiden Hurdle.

Likely he met a smart horse in The West's Awake at Fairyhouse and he should not need to better that form to beat Guitar George. He seems a straightforward maiden.

Monbeg Rose has a chance of doubling up for the stable in the mares' maiden chase but faces no easy assignment giving 8lb to Slowmotion. Trainer Joseph O'Brien said: "She jumps well. I was very pleased with her run at Naas."

Capture The Drama can return to winning ways in the handicap chase. He gave it a good go in a lady amateur riders' heat on latest, his jumping letting him down at times. Mark Walsh is an excellent booking.

Alan Potts still has the odd runner in Ireland and Sizingdowntherhine may take the hunter chase for the Englishman.

It is difficult to know what to make of his pointing form but, coming from the Jim Dreaper stable, it is to be expected that he will jump fluently under Co Wexford rider Jamie Codd.

Irish Independent

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