Wednesday 22 November 2017

Bennys quest can prove one jump ahead

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

The beginners' chase at Tramore tomorrow is a trappy looking contest.

There is very little in the way of recent form among the 11 declared runners, with Bachelor Affair's third behind Turf War at Wexford last week the sole placed effort on offer.

In all probability, Tommy Treacy's mount will be the one to beat, but he isn't the type to be investing in at relatively short odds, so it can pay to look elsewhere. Bennys Quest may be the one to oppose him with.

Rated 10 pounds inferior to the likely favourite over hurdles, Colm Murphy's charge has yet to find his form over fences.

In just four attempts, he has come to grief twice, initially tripping up at Navan in November when he was in the process of recording a respectable debut in a hot race that was won by Sports Line.

He subsequently underwent a confidence-restoring round of jumping back at the Meath track over two and a half miles in March, before reverting to his optimum distance of two miles over tomorrow's course and distance. On that occasion, Bennys Quest got no further than the first.

Once again, a clear round was the main objective at Tipperary at the end of April, and it's safe to assume a bolder show can be expected now that he drops into lesser company after a break.

As he proved when winning at Clonmel over flights a year ago, fast ground on a tight track suits ideally, so Tom Doyle's mount ought to be a potent threat if he gets his fencing together.

Also at the Waterford venue, To The Left warrants consideration in the Tramore Amusement Park Mares' Handicap Hurdle. Representing the in-form Tom Hogan and Bryan Cooper, this daughter of Presenting took third when stepped up to two and a quarter miles at Cork a fortnight ago.

Having been left in front three out that day, she was ultimately one-paced in the run to the line, so tomorrow's trip of two and a half miles should work in her favour.

On just her third start in a handicap, To The Left won't need to improve much more to get her head in front.

Irish Independent

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