Harrington ready for One Fine Day
Listowel's two-day bank holiday fixture kicks off with a competitive mixed card tomorrow.
Jessica Harrington, whose Flat campaign has yet to really ignite, is taken to get proceedings under way on a positive note with One Fine Day.
The Moone handler's only runner on the eight-race spread tackles the mile maiden, having made eye-catching late progress to be fourth on her racecourse debut at Navan two weeks ago.
If One Fine Day can improve on that now, she could take plenty of beating under Fran Berry, who teams up with Mark Johnston for three at Beverley this afternoon.
Of One Fine Day's nine rivals, Custom Cut, Quick Jack and Romantic Stroll all have previous placed form.
John O'Shea's Custom Cut, which had Quick Jack back in third when second at Killarney, may be the pick of that trio, but none strike as being quite as promising as the selection.
In the George Fitzmaurice Handicap, Tommy Stack saddles Cnocan Diva and Kendleston. Both have won twice since the turn of the year and will doubtless be thereabouts again, though Pivot Bridge gets a tentative vote to make a winning start for Ado McGuinnes.
A brother to the 2006 1,000 Guineas heroine Speciosa, the Pivotal four-year-old was a consistent performer during its time with Barry and Charles Hills in England.
In seven starts as a three-year-old, he was placed five times, latterly going down by a head at Bath in September after being hampered half a mile out. With the talented Ian Brennan taking three pounds off his back now, Pivot Bridge could shake up the more familiar names.
Coppertop, representing Patrick Prendergast and Niall McCullagh, can build on her reappearance second in the following heat, while The Real Article may be worth opposing with Notable Graduate in the Bryan McMahon amateur riders' race.
The Real Article has won two similar events from just three starts, but he must concede weight here.
Having been considered good enough by Dermot Weld to run in last year's Irish Derby, Notable Graduate, twice a winner and three times a runner-up prior to that, is clearly no slouch.
Granted, he had a dose of the slows when he reappeared behind Fame And Glory at Navan, but he is hardly as bad as that and the booking of Nina Carberry is an obvious plus.
Tomorrow's nap selection is Canaly in the beginners' chase at Kilbeggan. Lord Ben and Tackmaster are the obvious threats to Dessie Hughes' runner, with Tackmaster particularly feared.
A point-to-point winner that scored on its hurdling bow at Wexford in November, the Noel Meade-trained five-year-old could prove a class apart.
However, Canaly looked a pretty useful animal himself when knocking up a hurdling hat-trick last year and his effort to be third over course and distance on his fencing bow last month suggested a return to that kind of form is imminent. With that under his belt, he is fancied to shade this under Bryan Cooper.
In the Bloomfield House Mares' Hurdle, White Feathers, a ready winner at the Co Westmeath circuit the same evening, gets the nod over Court Lexi, Dazzling Susie and Supreme Carolina.
Garrett Power's daughter of Beat Hollow has been progressing nicely and it is significant that she is now in receipt of weight from that trio.