Tuesday 12 December 2017

Grecian Tiger can put seal on on Gowran double for Weld

Dermot Weld has two fancied runners at Gowran Park tonight
Dermot Weld has two fancied runners at Gowran Park tonight
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Dermot Weld may be the man to keep on side at Gowran Park tonight, with Encrypted Message and Grecian Tiger both fancied to score for his Rosewell House operation.

Grecian Tiger appeals as nap material under Pat Smullen in the final maiden, a moderate one-mile-six-furlong contest that isn't going to take much winning.

Of the six other runners, Jim Bolger's Miss Ekaterina has also showed some ability already.

Still, she looks ordinary, and Grecian Tiger might yet prove to be slightly better than that.

Successful on its bumper debut at Naas in January, he was placed on his next two outings, before finishing a respectable seventh in a decent Grade One at Punchestown.

When he returned at Galway, he took time to find his stride, before running on gamely to go down by just a half-a-length to Merrion Row, in the process beating the subsequent maiden hurdle winner Some Officer.

For all that, the blinkered four-year-old looks to have a bit of a quirk about him, that was an encouraging turn, and the suspicion is that he will be hard to stop in this company with the benefit of that run.

Encrypted Message also sports headgear in the 12-furlong handicap, a decent €13,000 heat that constitutes the best race on this pretty mundane spread.

A less mercurial individual than Grecian Tiger, the Dansili gelding took time to find his form this term. However, he was just chinned by Manalapan at the Curragh last time out, and that looks by far the most robust recommendation here.

If Encrypted Message can reproduce that level of performance, he should win, with Bolger again responsible for one of the selection's main threats in the shape of Feile Na Mban.

The smart three-year-old won a poor maiden in style at Leopardstown, but a first-time mark of 94 looks harsh.

Runaway apprentices' championship leader Connor King is another man that could depart with a brace courtesy of Ghost Of A Girl and Timjoe.

Tom McCourt's Ghost Of A Girl has a 12lb-pull with her Tipperary conqueror Art Scene in the seven-furlong handicap, while Timjoe can defy a 4lb penalty for last week's Ballinrobe triumph in the later 12-furlong edition.

The Terence O'Brien-trained six-year-old has been in fine form and may not be done progressing just yet.

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