John Morrison doesn't run too many horses on the track but he remains a very shrewd operator and his Tallow, Co Waterford stable is tipped to score at Kilbeggan with Safe Home.
Safe Home is the only horse that Morrison is sending on the 400km round trip. He is one of 14 set to contest the €9,000 two-mile handicap hurdle, but he appeals as being progressive enough to be a strong option at what are likely to be decent odds.
A five-year-old son of Danehill Dancer, he won a fair Gowran Park maiden on the Flat for Ger Lyons in 2013, though he failed to progress from that. However, he has hinted at ability in his six starts over flights, never more so than on his handicap debut at Fairyhouse in April.
Off a mark of 91 on good ground on that occasion, Safe Home kept on in eye-catching style to be third, just five lengths behind the useful Bog War. On his return to hurdling at Bellewstown last week, he couldn't get as competitive on slower ground, eventually beaten 14 lengths into fifth by Effernock Lad. He is in off the same mark of 95 now under Paddy Mangan, and the suspicion is that the return to good ground will prove crucial.
If conditions hold up, then, Safe Home strikes as nap material, despite the otherwise open nature of the race.
The €18,500 conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle that follows is the most valuable race on the card. It is a cracking little contest, with Do Try Dolly seeking her third win here in as many visits since May, having also been second here in April.
Much Wants More won a chase here two weeks ago, while Pacelli Road ran out a convincing winner over flights the same day. Shane Broderick's JP McManus-owned six-year-old is up eight pounds now, but the excellent Jack Kennedy halves that penalty.
The decisive manner in which Pacelli Road won last time hinted that there would be more fun to be had with him, so he is worth keeping on side for now. In the bumper, John Monash has live claims for Gordon Elliott and Nina Carberry.