MICHAEL WINTERS, who has campaigned stable star For Bill so effectively over the past couple of years, is fancied to score with his only runner on the first afternoon of Tramore's two-day fixture.
Burnfort Girl is a less talented and far more modest-looking mare than For Bill, but she should have it within her armoury to win a race such as today's Lismore Handicap Hurdle. Although 15 runners are set to do battle, this two-miler is a middling contest.
A point-to-point winner in October, Burnfort Girl ran well before falling over flights next time out and then took second at Cork. She has subsequently disappointed twice, but ran well from a long way back at Mallow last time, so the drop to two miles around this tight track is expected to suit the front-runner.
In the opener, Sounds Of Thunder can confirm the promise of her second at Downpatrick two weeks ago, while Fever Pitch is also taken to go one better than his most recent effort at Wexford. Arthur Moore's gelding made a terrible hash of the last flight when coming with a run that day, so he should get off the mark now.
Today's seven-race programme concludes with a mares' bumper. A few of the 15 runners have placed form, one of which is Kaylas Charm. Michael Hogan's four-year-old went very close to justifying good support on her debut, and is the horse to beat.
Ruby Walsh and Davy Russell are engaged at the Co Waterford venue tomorrow and both have winning chances.
Walsh takes the reins on Riltree in the mares' race and that one should have enough class to collect, while Russell could take the conditions chase. Walsh is on Gowran Park winner Uncle Junior here, but Politeo is taken to follow up its impressive Limerick success.