Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bolger's Miss can get off mark

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

JIM BOLGER'S Miss Forde is the nap selection on this evening's mixed card in Ballinrobe.

A runner-up on both her previous starts, the blinkered grey filly takes on seven others in the EBF Maiden over nine furlongs. Curia Regis -- David Marnane's Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt that was placed in two of its three starts as a juvenile, is the obvious danger -- but that one is making its first appearance since November.

Miss Forde, on the other hand, is race-fit, having chased home Duntle on her racecourse bow at Leopardstown in April, before getting to within half a length of Madeira Girl at Wexford last week.

While that may not be an astounding piece of form, in the context of this assignment, it will probably be just good enough for Kevin Manning's mount.

In the fillies' conditions race, the most valuable event of the day with a prize of €10,000, Ken Condon's Mojita is the best option of the established horses.

However, Dermot Weld's Cloudracer, readily successful in a maiden at the south-east venue last August, has the potential to be a bit better than Condon's 83-rated runner.

While the heat that she won lacked quality, the daughter of Rail Link relished the fast ground to score at her ease by seven lengths, so she heads west now with more promise than most of the programme's runners.

In the opening long-distance handicap, James Nash's in-form Star Of Aragon, a winner at Wexford nine days ago, should take plenty stopping for Pat Smullen under a seven-pound penalty.

Over jumps, Willie Mullins looks to have found the disappointing Darroun a decent opportunity with the bonus of having Ruby Walsh aboard in the Tipperary Water Hurdle, with Paul Flynn's Via Del Corso also fancied in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

Although without a win in 19 starts, this is maybe as good a chance Mick Darcy's mount will get to score.

Irish Independent

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