Montjeu Minder looks banker material for Lee at Tramore
BILLY LEE can make the most of Wayne Lordan's absence at Epsom to claim the opening three-year-old maiden on Montjeu Minder at Tramore this afternoon.
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF-sponsored 12-furlong contest lacks any depth with just seven runners. Of the six others, St Jean is probably the nap selection's chief threat, after a staying-on third behind Derby-bound Ruler Of The World at Leopardstown.
However, on its debut for David Wachman, Montjeu Minder ran really well to be sixth in another decent maiden at the Foxrock venue that was won by Ralston Road.
The winner has since franked the form by following up at Chester, while the third and second – Plinth and Mourani – subsequently filled the first two spots at Navan.
In that respect, Montjeu Minder stands out here, so he can improve on just his second start to score for his ever-reliable rider.
The older horses' equivalent that follows isn't as good a race, and may present fast ground-loving Nurse Ryan with a chance to break her duck on the level for Martin and Shane Hassett.
Another maiden that appeals around the unique seaside venue is Dynaperformer in the concluding lady riders' race. Nina Carberry takes the reins on Henry de Bromhead's smart jumper Darwins Fox in this long-distance affair, but the Joanna Morgan-trained Dynaperformer might be more suited to the task at hand under Jane Mangan.
Second on her debut at Dundalk in April, the four-year-old filly filled the same spot behind Annie Other in a similar contest to this at Wexford on her only other outing two weeks ago. In first-time blinkers there, she had some fair sorts behind, so this looks a good opportunity for her to get her head in front under her top-class pilot.
Sword Of Honour is also fancied in the handicap over the same one-mile-six-furlong trip.
Pat Flynn's John Magnier-owned son of Montjeu has failed to progress since running away with a bumper at Killarney two years ago, but he caught the eye when sixth on his handicap bow over two miles at Clonmel last month.