Saturday 24 March 2018

Jamsie Hall looks cut above the rest

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Despite flattering to deceive somewhat when just run out of it at Roscommon on Tuesday, Jamsie Hall can gain quick compensation at Kilbeggan this evening.

A field of eight has been declared for the Hackett's Bookmakers Chase, with Davy Condon taking over on Jamsie Hall now that Paul Carberry switches to Gordon Elliott's Supercede.

Despite Carberry's decision to forego the mount on Clare MacMahon's representative, Jamsie Hall is the nap selection on the card.

Having spent all of 2010 sidelined, the eight-year-old has had a busy campaign since returning to action in a point-to-point in February. He won twice between the flags from five starts, before readily taking a hunters' chase at Downpatrick in May.

Granted, Jamsie Hall has frustrated with three successive runner-up finishes since then, but he is clearly in the best of nick, not to mention favourably handicapped on the basis of his performance on Tuesday.

Having cruised onto the eventual winner's shoulder before the last that day, he simply didn't find as much on the run to the line, so the slight drop in trip to two and a half miles might well suit now.

Elliott's Traffic Article, another with three seconds to its name, is fancied in the Kieran Kelly Memorial Beginners' Chase. Goban Saor and fencing debutant Action Master are live threats, but Traffic Article has been found a winnable opportunity.

Although undone by Darenjan and Daffern Seal at Killarney and Galway respectively, he drew an aggregate 16 lengths clear of the third horses in those races. With the excellent Jason Maguire taking over now for a first time, he is due a rub of the green.

Earlier, Davy Russell, who will join the sidelined Ruby Walsh at the top of the riders' table if either of his two booked mounts oblige, is taken to be on the right one in the Betpack Maiden Hurdle. The Youghal native partners God's County for Walsh's father, Ted, in this, a race that doesn't look like it will take a lot of winning.

Second after being sent off favourite over an inadequate two miles at Limerick, the Gigginstown Stud-owned six-year-old returns to a more suitable two miles and three furlongs here.

The Dessie Hughes-trained Rockofinspiration may be his chief rival, but that one ran badly when also a beaten favourite over course and distance in June.

Hughes and his conditional rider Bryan Cooper might fare better in the following mares' hurdle. Their representative here is Miss Accurate, which is one to keep on side of after she impressed in a bumper and a maiden hurdle on her last two starts.

On tomorrow's jumps card at Downpatrick, Court Lexi is the day's nap in the bumper. Second to Devil's Elbow on her May debut at the northern venue before filling the same spot behind Glibin back there last month, Nina Carberry's partner doesn't look as though she will face anything nearly as smart as those two tomorrow.

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