Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lastoftheleaders one to follow at Fairyhouse

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

HAVING been a late withdrawal at Leopardstown on Tuesday due to the drying ground, Lastoftheleaders is taken to justify the nap selection at Fairyhouse tomorrow.

The weights for the two-mile handicap hurdle that Arthur Moore's nine-year-old tackles are headed by Rocky Wednesday, which obliged at Down Royal on St Stephen's Day. TApart from Lastoftheleaders, Osirixamix comes here in good heart following his desperately unlucky spill when in command of the Hilly Way Chase at Cork.

Still, it is the Paul Townend-ridden Lastoftheleaders that gets the nod, given that he lines out off a mark that is 17lbs lower than that off which he cruised home in a chase here earlier in the month.

Earlier, Jim Bowie is another one that looks to be quite well treated in the three-mile handicap chase. You could make a reasonable case for any amount of the 14 runners in this chase, but Noel Meade's seven-year-old may ultimately be a touch better than a handicapper.

A former bumper and maiden hurdle winner, he has taken his time to fulfil his promise.

Nonetheless, there was plenty to like about the way that he kept on over half-a-mile less in his first handicap chase at Navan recently, and the step up to this trip could be crucial.

Willie Mullins and Townend can get their New Year off to a flying start courtesy of Lord Gale and Tennis Cap in the opening maiden hurdles, while Pat Flynn and Shay Barry are expected to secure the curtain-raising maiden at Tramore with Scots Gaelic.

That two-miler is a poor contest, and Scots Gaelic's second to Cash And Go at Wexford reads well now.

In the Holden Plant Rentals Chase, Tranquil Sea is the highest rated of the six runners.

However, he disappointed in the John Durkan Chase, so is passed over in favour of Roi Du Mee, which came down at the last under Nina Carberry when sitting in third in the same race.

Irish Independent

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