Monday 19 March 2018

Mansuri can get proceedings under way in style for Lyons

Trainer Ger Lyons has high hopes for Mansuri
Trainer Ger Lyons has high hopes for Mansuri
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

MANSURI, Ger Lyons' only runner on this evening's competitive mixed spread at Roscommon, can get proceedings off to a flying start by justifying the nap vote under Gary Carroll.

The Piccolo gelding faces just five rivals in the 10-furlong maiden, and he may not have things all his own way, with Battle Hymn and Gentry two in particular that deserve respect.

However, Mansuri emerged with real credit from his reappearance defeat at Gowran Park two weeks ago. He hadn't shown much in two runs last term, but he stormed home over a mile on that occasion to be just denied by the debutant Ashtaroth.

It might not have been a great maiden, but it wasn't a particularly bad one either, so Mansuri is fancied to go one better now that he steps up in trip here.

In the subsequent handicap, Abby Cadabby must lump top-weight in her quest to complete a treble for Andy Oliver.

Connor King's mount is 12lbs higher than when successful at Wexford nine days ago and 17lbs higher than when she just held off Empress Toorah at Clonmel two days previously.

The Sabrina Harty-trained Empress Toorah has its first start since then in this 10-furlong affair, and might just be capable of defying its own 4lbs hike under Rory Cleary.

All of 10lbs better off with Abby Cadabby for just a half-length deficit, the three-year-old filly was making her handicap debut at Clonmel, so there should be ample scope for improvement on just her sixth career start.

Katie Walsh, so assured in steering the well-backed Mr Diablo to victory for Philip Dempsey at Punchestown on Saturday, is tipped to win her third bumper in her last four attempts when taking the reins on Keith Clarke's consistent New World.

Busty Brown will doubtless be popular to gets its career back on track in the beginners' chase, but preference in that is for Sadler's Risk.

Henry de Bromhead's six-year-old was a fair hurdler, finishing sixth behind Jetson at Punchestown. If Andrew Lynch's mount runs to that level on his fencing bow, he should take some beating.

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