Blinkers to bring out best in Crash
First-time blinkers might help Crash end a winless spell that stretches back to December 2011 at Clonmel this afternoon.
Having won a point-to-point, a bumper, a maiden hurdle and a beginners' chase in his first eight starts, Michael Hourigan's Gigginstown Stud-owned eight-year-old looked destined for big things.
However, he has failed to build on that promise in nine subsequent outings, and tackles today's two-and-a-half-mile conditions chase on the back of a fairly lifeless turn over flights at Wexford last week.
If he runs to that level, he could be lapped by the likes of stablemate Allee Garde and Willie Mullins' Immediate Response. The suspicion is that he won't, though.
When last seen over fences in December, Crash was running a solid race when taking a tired fall three-out over three miles at Cheltenham. He returns now with decent seven-pound claimer Brian Cawley up, and positive tactics could prove successful.
The only other race that Hourigan has a runner in on this modest spread is the opening maiden hurdle, in which his consistent The Crafty Butcher faces a dozen rivals.
As ever in this grade, Adrian Heskin's mount has a chance, likewise Colm Murphy's Jewel Star, a respectable fourth on its reappearance at Fairyhouse in February.
Tudor Fashion, representing Darrell Deacon's Enniscorthy stable, might trump both for John Cullen.
With seven of her eight career starts coming since December, this daughter of Presenting has been busy, but she has progressed really well, splitting the useful pair Byerley Babe and Casablanca Lily at Limerick two weeks ago.
In the mares' beginners' chase, Andrew Lynch steps in for the suspended Bryan Cooper on Dessie Hughes' Chasing Shadows.
All told, this isn't a bad heat, but Chasing Shadows' recent second to Carrig Millie at Thurles is the best form on offer.
The day's nap selection is Tommy Stack's Tooreen Legend on tonight's rescheduled Dundalk card.
First time up, the Rakti three-year-old kept on nicely for fourth under Billy Lee, and the runner-up, third and sixth home have all won since.
That strongly recommends Tooreen Legend in the mile auction maiden now, as he certainly shaped as though there would be more to come.
Ger Lyons' Minister Of Mayhem might be the danger, having shown up well to be fourth here in the autumn.