Tramore maestros back for more
Published 15/08/2015 | 21:23
Five former course-and-distance winners do battle in the final-day feature at Tramore on Sunday.
The Richard Power Private Client Betting Handicap Hurdle has attracted a good-quality field, with Beckwith Star aiming to complete a hat-trick in the 17,500 euro contest.
The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding was a game winner at Galway, following on from another narrow success over fences at Wexford previously.
He still enjoys a mark 7lb lower over timber, despite a 7lb rise for his victory at Ballybrit.
Patsio claimed a handicap hurdle at the May meeting in the south-east and was far from disgraced in a hot novice hurdle at Galway.
He looks on a competitive mark returning to handicap company now.
Coldstonesober has already been in action at the Festival, finishing fourth over fences on Thursday night.
The nine-year-old takes his racing well and is sure to produce another big run for connections.
Collen Beag, who won her maiden here in May, was due to try handicap company for the first time on Friday night, while the consistent Swantykay, a winner here last year, reverts to hurdles having unseated over the larger obstacles last time.
There is also a good conditions chase on the card with a few smart performers lining up for the Comeragh Veterinary Kilmacthomas Chase.
Upazo sets the standard off a mark of 137 and looks well treated by conditions as he gets weight from a couple of likely rivals.
Willie Mullins' charge has shown most of his best form over two miles, however, and tackles the two-mile-six-furlong trip for the first time.
Usuel Smurfer may strip fitter after his return in Galway and will appreciate the good ground on offer.
Bishops Road looks the likely front-runner in the race and is capable of making a bold show on the pick on his chase form.