Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 23 November 2017

Judies Child gets vote to hold Possible challenge

Pat Smullen has claims of landing tonight's sprint handicap with Judies Child.
Pat Smullen has claims of landing tonight's sprint handicap with Judies Child.
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

On a diverse Tipperary card notable for its point-to-point element, Willie McCreery and Pat Smullen are napped to land the five-furlong handicap courtesy of Judies Child.

With 18 set to do battle for a €5,520 winner's prize, this could be a pretty open contest. The three-year-old Possible, well supported when successful at Naas, could still have a big say off a 9lb higher mark, but has a lot on its plate with top weight in all-aged company.

Although Red Sea Poll and Michael Halford's Steely Grace are others that may be unexposed, Judies Child shaped with eye-catching encouragement on her seasonal reappearance on the all-weather at Dundalk.

Having raced close to the pace, her run only flattened out inside the distance, as she filled the runner-up berth for a third time in five career starts.

If Judies Child improves at all for the outing, she should go very close now off a pound higher rating, with Smullen's booking an obvious bonus.

Smullen also has a decent mount on Modern Romance -- successful on its only outing as a juvenile for Dermot Weld last year -- in the Follow@Tipperaryraces On Twitter conditions race.

The Ken Condon-trained Montebell, a taking scorer at Cork recently, is also likely to show up well here along with Aidan O'Brien's Tibet, but preference in the five-runner contest is for John Oxx's Hartani.

On the latest of its two outings over course and distance three weeks ago, the Shirocco colt obliged with a bit to spare from last Sunday's easy winner Offer, form that will take a bit of topping now.

Truly Madly, second in both its starts to date for Cork handler John Murphy, deserves a rub of the green in the two-year-old maiden, while fellow Rebel County handlers Sinead O'Sullivan and Donal Coffey have good prospects later on.

O'Sullivan's All The Way Home tackles the Mares' Bumper having kept good company in point-to-points, with Coffey's No Deal interesting in the geldings' equivalent.

The progressive Gale Force Oscar, which has been in terrific form between the flags recently, can land the novice hunters chase despite the presence of the Willie Mullins-trained Dunbrovic.

Irish Independent

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