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Friday 15 November 2019

Discorama might have right moves

A decent novice last season, Discorama held every chance of winning a Grade Three at Naas before falling. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post
A decent novice last season, Discorama held every chance of winning a Grade Three at Naas before falling. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Thomas Kelly

The MW Hickey Memorial Chase is the most valuable race down for decision this afternoon and attracts a few decent second-season chasers to go to battle.

Grade One winner Champagne Classic missed a season and a half following his fruitful novice hurdle campaign and failed to win in a couple of starts over fences last season but won earlier this month at Fairyhouse.

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He's a good spare ride for Robbie Power to pick up but it's the locally-trained Discorama (3.10, Wexford) who could shine on a potentially good afternoon for trainer Paul Nolan.

A decent novice last season, Discorama held every chance of winning a Grade Three at Naas before falling and was then second in the four-miler at Cheltenham in a stamina test that could stand to him here today.

The selection was no match for Delta Work at the Punchestown Festival, but he was best of the rest on that occasion and can get his season off to the perfect start here under Davy Russell.

Among the winners at Galway on Saturday and at Wexford yesterday, Nolan did assemble a nice team for this two-day Wexford meeting.

His other strong claims on the card today come courtesy of Crazyheart (2.0, Wexford) and Fortune Street (4.20, Wexford).

Consistent

Crazyheart has the plus of Liam Quinlan's 4lb claim in the IRIS Opportunity Hurdle and the consistent performer might just be able to hold off the hat trick-seeking Shumaker.

Fortune Street might have a couple shorter in the betting but did run well in a bumper at Cork just over a week ago and is worth siding with in what could be a profitable day for the team.

Raya Time (3.45, Wexford) finally got his head in front on the track when claiming a Clonmel maiden hurdle this month, and Henry de Bromhead's charge is selected to now open his account in a decent looking beginners chase this afternoon.

Following two days of National Hunt action in Ballybrit, attention turns to the Flat today where Colin Keane looks like he may struggle to keep the heat on Donnacha O'Brien.

O'Brien's best chances on the day look to be Magic Fountain (2.20, Galway) and then Grace to Grace (4.35, Galway) in the last.

Magic Fountain went closest to winning in a handicap last time out but this maiden looks a drop in class for her.

A daughter of an Irish Oaks and Royal Ascot winner, Magic Fountain was bred for bigger days than this but she could be an important addition to Donnacha O'Brien's quest of retaining his championship.

Grace To Grace is seeking her first win also and has run well enough at this grade to suggest she can win a race of this nature.

The first division of the concluding handicap may go to Randalls Ur Poet (4.05, Galway) who has the benefit of Dylan Browne McMonagle's 10lb claim.

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