Monday 26 February 2018

Captain Cee Bee's class can tell in Tipp feature

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Captain Cee Bee's presence in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary adds a touch of class to the venue's summer jumping highlight.

Eddie Harty's 10-year-old, third behind Sizing Europe in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March, is due to be partnered by Tony McCoy in the €40,625 Grade Three event.

It will be the first time that Captain Cee Bee has competed over hurdles since 2008, and there is a good chance that it will be a winning return.

Although he hasn't run since finishing third to Big Zeb in the Punchestown equivalent of the Champion Chase on May 3, he always runs well after a break.

Jumbo Rio and Jack Cool are the most likely dangers. Jumbo Rio is highly rated off a mark of 144, but he didn't impress when victorious at Limerick last time. Jack Cool, on the other hand, progressed steadily up the ranks through the spring, so he may be the one poised to give the selection a hard time.

The Galway Plate Trial later on the card is a tryout for the Ballybrit feature in name only. Of the 11 runners tomorrow, just one, Tajweed, is entered in the Plate, for which he currently has a theoretical weight of 7st 5lb.

McCoy might also be the man to beat here on Wickham Street, his only other ride of the day.

Colin Bowe's Model County Lass is certainly interesting off a light weight, but the two-and-a-half-mile trip could suit Wickham Street better.

Earlier, Henry de Bromhead and Davy Russell are fancied to land a brace with Royal Choice and Catcherinscratcher. Royal Choice is preferred in the opening conditions chase on the back of a fine reappearance second at Cork, while Catcherinscratcher can build on his runaway Listowel win in the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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