Thursday 22 February 2018

Jim Will Fix It can make light work of top weight

Mullins' Pickapocketortwo is fancied
Mullins' Pickapocketortwo is fancied
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

On a low-key card at Clonmel this afternoon, dual bumper winner Jim Will Fix It ought to get off the mark over flights in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle.

Prior to making a successful bumper debut at the Tipperary venue last November, the Seamus Roche-trained six-year-old won a point-to-point at Kilsheelan and he battled well to secure a second bumper in a Grade Two at Leopardstown after Christmas.

While Jim Will Fix It subsequently finished down the field over hurdles at Naas, he fared much better when third in a good race there behind Dare To Doubt last time.

The Willie Mullins-Paul Townend axis is well represented with the mare Riltree, and Dermot McLoughlin's Subaroo Blue is another to consider on the back of a promising third at Navan.

However, Jim Will Fix It is clearly the horse with the most potential and he should have the class to concede weight all round.

In the following maiden hurdle, Mullins and his son Patrick will be hard to beat with Pickapocketortwo -- again the only bumper winner in that two-mile contest -- while Twelfth Of Never is fancied to collect in the beginners' chase.

The 14-runner event is wide open but Liz Doyle's eight-year-old kept on well behind Aura About You and Shirley Casper when third at Thurles last month.

Shirley Casper has since franked that form by winning easily at Naas on Sunday and the two-furlong step up to two-and-a-half miles today will benefit the selection, which is still looking for an elusive first career win.

The most valuable race on the six-race card is the €11,385 Martinstown Opportunity Chase. Race sponsor JP McManus is two-handed with Whosaidso and South Liberties, but slight preference is for the blinkered Quarryvale.

Jimmy Mangan's Beneficial mare profited from the last-fence fall of Hidden Crack when successful here three weeks ago.

At just seven years of age, Quarryvale has the scope to improve further and she can defy a 7lb hike in the weights now to score under the trainer's son, Pat.

Irish Independent

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