missunited can see off rivals
Michael Winters' Missunited can continue the Katurnk trainer's rich vein of form at Ballinrobe this evening, WRITES THOMAS KELLY.
Apart from being a winner hurdler, the mare is a dual bumper winner -- including on heavy ground -- while her first run under Flat rules, when she was a close second to Oilily at Leopardstown, points to a big run in tonight's opener.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Buckingham Gate is the form choice, while Train Of Thought will also carry support. But the ability of Missunited to handle soft conditions should give Seamie Heffernan's mount the edge.
The handicap over 14 furlongs looks a good opportunity for Hartside, while Philip Rothwell's Phangio can break his duck in the conditions race over nine furlongs.
The feature event on the card is the Water Towers Chase which, on paper, looks a good opportunity for Edward O'Grady's Osana .
The veteran isn't the same force these days but he has run some decent races of late -- chasing home Caim Hill in the Midlands National before running respectably in the Galway Plate. However, Mark Walsh's mount will probably represent poor value, and a better option may be Jim Culloty's Regal D'estruval, which despite not being a model of consistency, can make all the running in a small field over a sharp track.
Niall Madden will be on likely favourite Jakros in the closing novice chase, but this one has been far from fluent over the larger obstacles and the vote here goes to The Great Shanghai, which made a good start to his fencing career when chasing home Tabhachtach.