Sunday 17 December 2017

Blossom has solid claims to strike for Kiely

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

John Kiely's Blossom Gate is napped to account for Willie Mullins' Earls Quarter in the qualified riders' maiden at Wexford this afternoon.

A bumper and dual hurdle winner, Earls Quarter was in the process of running a fine race when tipping up at the last after making a few blunders on his reappearance at Fairyhouse over Easter.

He will undoubtedly play a big part under Patrick Mullins now, but Blossom Gate might just be poised to cause a slight upset for the 7lb claimer Andrew Latta.

The Westerner mare hosed up in two bumpers at Cork and Galway last summer and good ground here can help to bring out the best in her.

In the 11-furlong conditions race, there is little to choose between Sinetta, Voleuse De Coeurs and King's Warrant on paper.

On a line through Moldowney, which just denied Sinetta at Dundalk two weeks ago, Dermot Weld's Voleuse De Couers may have the edge, but Sinetta was a shade unlucky to get collared in the shadow of the post that time.

Mick Halford's filly steps up in trip to a mile and three furlongs now, so that might help to see her home under Johnny Murtagh.

In the following handicap, Pat Smullen gets the nod on Porterman after a respectable reappearance fifth at Leopardstown.

Irish Independent

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