Eagle's pass ready to take flight again for McNamara
DESPITE the prevailing fast ground, it is the jumpers who take centre stage at Tipperary this evening, writes Thomas Kelly.
Feature event on the seven-race card is the Summer Sunday July 18 Hurdle, a conditions event in which recent surprise Punchestown winner, Swiftmarc, attempts to confirm his superiority over Just Moscow.
But, on official ratings, he has his work cut out against the likes of Decoy Daddy and Eagle's Pass, with smart chaser Oodachee another likely player on his return to the smaller obstacles.
While Eagle's Pass hasn't won for nearly 13 months -- and that was on the Flat at Leopardstown -- Andrew McNamara's mount will enjoy the conditions and can edge out Just Moscow.
However, the NAP vote goes to Ballochroy who found only Thepartysover too good when favourite at Limerick but gets his chance to atone in the staying handicap hurdle and provided he stays the three-mile trip, the five-year-old can see off the threat of Kamedare and Connectivity.
Gordon Elliott has chosen the opening maiden hurdle as a starting point over obstacles for Final Day. The six-year-old was unbeaten in two bumper starts in Britain and he is built to make a name for himself.
Elliott has also booked Nina Carberry for the mount on Steps To Freedom, who is one to keep an eye on in the concluding bumper.
Turf War wasn't that far away in a Grade Three last time out so any market moves in the two-mile novice chase for Davy Russell's mount should be watched closely.
Paul Gilligan's Lady Hillingdon should figure prominently, but a speculative punt is taken on Our Symphony, which is experienced over the larger obstacles.
In the staying novice chase, Charlie Swan's (above) mount Strongpoint is taken to get the better of Colm Murphy's Prince Roco.