Killdunne graph to stay on rise
Galway Hurdle-winning trainer Mick Winters has prospects of a dual-code brace with Killdunne and Missunited at Clonmel this evening.
Killdunne tackles the conditional jockeys' maiden hurdle under Paddy Kennedy, having finished runner-up in his last two starts. A fine, big horse that has steadily improved, his most recent effort in going down to High Way Hunter over three miles at Sligo was really encouraging and Katy's Girl, fifth there, has franked the form by scoring at Kilbeggan.
If Killdunne can build on that again now, he should go close, with the drop back to two and a half miles no great concern. The likes of Dowd's Angle, Playtime Ben and Stop Road Lad all have placed form as well, but don't appear quite as progressive as the nap selection.
Missunited, a dual bumper and maiden hurdle winner, contests a 10-furlong handicap, having won and been second on her only previous Flat starts. A ready winner at Ballinrobe last time, she could prove hard to beat, but might just find one or two too strong under top-weight.
Curl Cat, back to form when second to Jpevie at the same meeting, is respected, likewise John Kiely's unexposed Our Breff. However, preference is for King Of The Picts.
Successful on its handicap debut over 12 furlongs at Wexford a fortnight ago, Pat Shanahan's three-year-old has plenty more to give, so a 3lb penalty here doesn't seem at all harsh. Six-time champion jockey Pat Smullen, who rides King Of The Picts, might also collect on his only other booked mount, Three Kingdoms, in the 10-furlong maiden.
Dermot Weld's blinkered Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt has finished in the first four in each of his three starts, and was third last time to Something Graceful over this trip at Leopardstown a month ago. Lebron, second then, has since won, while King Of The Picts was two lengths behind Three Kingdoms in fourth. With the fifth and sixth home also placed in the meantime, that's as solid a piece of form as you will find in this modest 10-runner heat.