Monday 19 March 2018

Make right 'decision' and go with wily Kiely in finale

Trainer John Kiely. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Trainer John Kiely. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Veteran trainer John Kiely can score in Tramore's concluding Dunhill (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race this evening.

The local handler supplies Decision Time, with Katie Walsh booked into the bargain. She produced an improved effort when a close third at Wexford last time, and replication of that will quite possibly be good enough in this modest company.

Perhaps the most interesting event here is the Waterford Technologies Maiden Hurdle, pitting two horses with reasonable if limited jumping form (Leomar and Papal Motel) against horses more regularly seen on the level (Warp Factor and Whiskey Sour).

With stamina a slight concern on paper for Whiskey Sour, Papal Motel gets the nod for Andrew McNamara. However, backers of Whiskey Sour will note that Willie Mullins comes here with just the one runner.

The mares' maiden hurdle honours Al Eile in its name, though there is nothing of the class of Michael Ryan's smart hurdler here. Open To The World, which went close the last twice for Christy Roche, is seemingly sure to do so again. Somewhat unusually, a beginners' chase is the opener. Tiliver could prove too classy now, yet preference of a tentative sort is for Une Lavandiere. This filly won a maiden hurdle recently at Killarney, beating Open To The World, and it is notable that she changes discipline so soon.

The following heat, the handicap chase, is a reasonable contest given its 0-95 class. James Dullea - who trained Newmill late in the Champion Chase winner's career - tends to target this venue and Dark Outsider, a course winner, may supplement his recent Killarney success. That is solid form.

Gordon Elliott seems to have found the key to Station Closed, which won at Downpatrick and then Down Royal earlier this month. She remains on a mark in the 80s but may struggle to give 12lb to Courtin Bb, which makes considerable each-way appeal under Conor Brassil for Cappoquin trainer Paddy Duffy.

Perhaps John Kiely can also take the penultimate race with Winsor Vixen, a quite lightly-raced sort.

Irish Independent

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