Sunday 25 February 2018

Acclaimed has the form to go swimmingly for 'Shark'

THIS evening's card at Tipperary is not for faint-hearted punters with a glut of runners -- 158 to be precise -- declared for an all National Hunt eight-race card, writes Thomas Kelly.

The action gets under way with a two-mile maiden hurdle and many racegoers will be looking to likely favourite Acclaimed.

John 'Shark' Hanlon's well-bred son of Hawk Wing was an excellent third on his hurdles debut behind Punchestown festival winner Blackstairmountain and, if he can repeat that level of form, he should get the better of False Economy.

The following race, the Kedrah House Stud Handicap Hurdle, is an extremely difficult puzzle to solve, but Deal Or No Deal might be worth taking a chance on. While Charles Byrnes' nine-year-old disappointed over fences at Cork recently, that was his first run in seven months.

The Portrait Gallery At Kilfeacle Stud Handicap Chase looks a good opportunity for Gentleman Jim to return to the winner's enclosure.

Joe Fogarty's representative made a pleasing return to handicap company when going down by a length to Jack Absolute at Limerick earlier this month and this assignment looks a little easier, although Kaitlin's Fancy could be a serious threat.

Turtle Gale is likely to be a popular choice in the Glenview And Rathbarry Studs Novice Hunters Chase, and there is plenty to like about Blarney Highwayman in the finale, the Point-to-Point Flat Race.

Irish Independent

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