Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Indian Outlook set to bolster Maguire's winning return with successful step-up

Champion trainer Willie Mullins
Champion trainer Willie Mullins
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Adrian Maguire is selective with what he runs on the track these days, and the iconic former jump jockey can enhance his strike-rate with Indian Outlook at Tramore.

From just 15 runners in the winter discipline this term, the Lombardstown, Co Cork-based handler has saddled three winners and three seconds, while his sole runner over jumps at this venue in 2013 was a winner back in April.

Indian Outlook has serious claims of maintaining Maguire's ratio now as he switches back to hurdles off a fair-looking mark of 111 under Paul Townend. On his third start over flights at Killarney during the summer, the six-year-old first hinted at his real potential when an honest second to Paddy The Celeb over two miles.

On switching to fences next time, he relished the testing ground at Sligo to make a successful chasing debut. Indian Outlook hasn't been seen since, but, as a horse that likes to race handily, he could be suited by Tramore's trappy circuit, with the step-up to two miles and five furlongs on decent ground a positive combination.

Point-to-point and maiden hurdle winner Gold Patrol is the danger in this novices' handicap. Colin Bowe's top-weight was fourth to Faugheen at Navan on Saturday, so he won't be far away in this less-exalted company.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has a runner in each of the maiden hurdles as he tries to give himself a chance of beating last year's fastest century. Mullins achieved the feat on Sunday's Navan card in 2012, and he is four shy going into play today.

Supreme Bailerina should be hard to beat under Ruby Walsh in the opener, though Michael Griffin and Paddy Mangan might thwart the more modest Wicklow Gold in the second with Highbrow Blue. A 'point' winner in April, the Blueprint five-year-old wasn't disgraced when fifth to Faugheen on his hurdle bow at Punchestown.

Mangan's sister Jane is napped to take the bumper aboard Flaming Dawn. Edward O'Grady's charge raced keenly before finishing second at Clonmel, form that was franked when Mangan won on the fourth, Montys Meadow, on Sunday.

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