Friday 24 November 2017

Hogan's Abbey primed to get Kilbeggan punters off to flyer

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Listowel's two-legged Bank Holiday fixture kicks off with an all-Flat spread tomorrow, but the day's most appealing win option is Ardboe Abbey at Kilbeggan.

In contrast to the Co Kerry venue's offering, Kilbeggan's programme consists entirely of National Hunt fare, with Ardboe Abbey's two-mile maiden hurdle getting proceedings under way.

Ostensibly, it is an open heat, as Willie Mullins' Great Jones and Dessie Hughes' Dale Street return for the first time since the autumn.

Both of those are respected, but the Tom Hogan-trained Ardboe Abbey strikes as being the one with the most class on the forecast fast ground.

A bumper winner at Roscommon last year on good going, the son of Oscar went on to be placed behind Rory O'Moore and Champagne Fever in testing conditions over flights.

On his only start this year, Ardboe Abbey blundered badly at the first at Gowran Park in February before being pulled up.

However, if we draw a line through that, he has serious credentials, so he is fancied to justify nap billing under Andrew McNamara.

Nenagh-based Hogan might also claim the three-mile handicap chase with Coolnagorna Giggs. A consistent operator that benefited from a positive ride to score at Ballinrobe at the end of April, Coolnagorna Giggs wasn't done with when exiting at Killarney last time, and he appeals as a still-progressive mount for Barry Geraghty.

The Co Meath native should also take the two-and-a-half mile beginners' equivalent on Edward O'Grady's The Real Article.

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By far the best of the 14 contenders in this over flights, he has yet to really find his feet over fences, but this looks a grand opportunity for him to break his maiden.

Mullins and son Patrick should take the bumper with Bedrock Lady after the Presenting filly's encouraging third on her debut in the North, but his Dysart Dancer is worth opposing in the Bloomfield House Hotel Mares' Hurdle.

A bumper and maiden hurdle winner last term, Paul Townend's partner is a fair sort and fellow last-time-out winners Cherish The Pear, Honey Bach and Late Night Deed also warrant respect.

Spring Hawk, though, might be the one to keep on side. Tom McCourt's seven-year-old made little impact in two heavy ground heats in December, but she had some fair placed form prior to that behind the likes of Shadow Eile and Blazing Tempo.

She reappears now on ground she will absolutely love. With the in-form David Splaine taking five pounds off, Spring Hawk ought to have a big say in the finish.

At Listowel, Glory Boy, which endured some traffic late on when a close third on its Leopardstown bow, can take the two-year-old race for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.

Later on, Katie Walsh might steer Mullins' Sweet My Lord to victory in the Bryan MacMahan Qualified riders' Race.

A versatile sort that was brought down when still in contention over hurdles at Kilbeggan last time, Sweet My Lord is guaranteed to relish underfoot conditions that are described as heavy at the Munster track.

Irish Independent

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