CONOR HOBAN has some very decent opportunities to edge ahead of champion jockey Joseph O'Brien in the riders' winter all-weather series at Dundalk tonight.
Hoban has seven mounts to O'Brien's one, and the 3lb claimer has one that certainly appeals as nap material this time around in Bosstime.
Mick Halford's four-year-old ran well on its track bow here three weeks ago, finishing second to the more experienced Palace Of Winds. Ger Stack's mare Hilary managed to hold on for third when in receipt of 9lb from the runner-up and has since broke its duck in a pretty moderate handicap, but at least she did that much.
If Bosstime can make average progress from that outing, he should take plenty of stopping, because there is very little depth to the mile maiden that he contests.
Instruct and Runaiocht appear the pick of his six rivals, but both of those have had plenty of chances already.
Hoban, who shares the lead with O'Brien on 12 winners, also has serious claims in the apprentices' handicap aboard Habesh. Well-backed before finishing a solid third behind Cottesloe under O'Brien two weeks ago, the Eugene O'Sullivan-trained December course victor has it within his range to score again off his current mark.
In the earlier seven-furlong conditions race, James Lambe's She's Not Simple looks to just about emerge best at the weights under Emmet McNamara, while Conor O'Dwyer's Ebazan might be the one to keep on side in the finale, a better quality 12-furlong affair.
During its time on the Flat with John Oxx, the largely disappointing hurdler managed tp split Declaration Of War and Diplomat when conceding weight to both of these horses at the Curragh in 2012.
Ebazan had the re-opposing Defining Year – recently transferred to Dermot Weld from Halford's yard – behind him on that occasion, so he is trusted to confirm that superiority under 10lb claimer Sean Corby now.