Bank on Nama to prove his worth for Halley
Presenting Nama can confirm the promise of his jumping debut at Killarney last week in the concluding maiden hurdle on tonight's mixed card at Clonmel.
A dual bumper winner in the autumn, the John Halley-trained gelding did little wrong when keeping on for third behind the useful pair Ross Na Righ and Zagman at the Co Kerry venue. Dessie Hughes, who saddled the winner that day, is again well represented here with Eyre Apparent, second in another maiden at Killarney.
That one, though, is having its 11th start over flights, so the less exposed Presenting Nama is preferred.
If Davy Condon's mount runs up to any of the form he has displayed in five outings over the past year, he should be plenty good enough.
In the other two jump races on the seven-race programme at the south Tipperary track, where the official going is good-to-firm, Lucky Pennie and Clara More appeal.
The former is one of 12 declared for the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle. Galloping Gander, third to Bullock Harbour and Seader at Punchestown last week, is the main threat to Ruby Walsh's mount. John O'Shea's horses have been running well lately and Galloping Gander has improved for each of his previous hurdling starts.
That said, Luck Pennie receives a useful 6lb allowance here. The four-year-old has shown clear potential on three runs over jumps already, so he could now add to his handler Shane Buggy's first ever training success at Dundalk recently.
The Frank Purcell Memorial Handicap Hurdle is less straightforward to decipher. Clara More is one of a small handful that bring placed form to the table, and he might not need to do much more than he has been doing to win.
On the Flat, Tafjeer can score for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen in the opening Irish Stallion Farms Fillies' maiden.
Ideal and Mojita are others to have hinted at ability in the past, but Tafjeer's sole outing at Gowran Park a fortnight ago, when she travelled well before finishing fifth, augured well for the future.
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