Tuesday 24 October 2017

Bob can keep Walsh strike rate ticking over

Damien McElroy

Kildare rider Mark Walsh, who has enjoyed a decent strike rate in the colours of JP McManus, could further embellish that record at Clonmel today for the season's leading owner as See U Bob reverts to the larger obstacles.

Today's fixture at the Tipperary venue must pass a third inspection at 8.0 this morning, having survived two yesterday already, and will undoubtedly be run in very testing ground should it go ahead, with the three chases due to be staged on the inner track.

A faller at Down Royal behind English raider The Nightingale in early November, See U Bob from the Paul Nolan yard, has a Thurles success 13 months ago over Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup victor Kempes to his credit as a recommendation for the Powerstown Chase.

Most recently in handicap action over timber at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, Walsh's mount -- which competes here off an official mark of 142 -- looks ideally suited by the extended two-mile trip and can outpace both Mr Warbucks (134) and Organisedconfusion.

Another Wexford trainer John Berry produced the Great Palm gelding Parnell Street to decisively open his account under Walsh at Limerick late last month.

The 9lb rise in the ratings does not seem unduly harsh for the Lisronagh Novice Handicap Chase on the six-race card.

The Nolan stable brings back Warhead to the fray in the Kilsheelan Beginners Chase following an enforced break of 525 days. The French-bred won a Kilbeggan maiden hurdle over three miles on September 11, 2009, but the gelding may have to give best to Navan fourth Fennis Boy today.

Although never a threat at Navan behind Raz de Maree, local trainer Edward O'Grady's Out Now is given the nap vote in the Demense Maiden Hurdle.

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