Saturday 17 February 2018

Myles to get punters ahead in Kilbeggan curtain-raiser

In the mares’ beginners’ chase, Lynch might again be the man to keep on side aboard Adrian Murray’s Winnie Cooper
In the mares’ beginners’ chase, Lynch might again be the man to keep on side aboard Adrian Murray’s Winnie Cooper
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Kilbeggan's immensely popular summer racing schedule gets under way with a typically competitive spread this evening.

A total of 85 runners will contest the seven races so winners will be hard found, with Henry de Bromhead's Attribution likely to be the closest thing to an odds-on shot in the bumper. Nina Carberry takes the reins on the five-year-old son of Alhaarth which won a point-to-point in March 2014.

He was placed in each of his three bumpers starts before the year was out, his two soft-ground winter outings concluding with gallant second-place finishes behind the well-regarded duo of Bellshill and Bordini.

In all likelihood, Attribution will be happier on the forecast drier surface at the Co Westmeath venue tonight, so he ought to take a bit of stopping under Carberry.

The selection's fellow Gigginstown Stud-owned Cataclysm is one of the more interesting newcomers to keep an eye on in the market. Earlier, Cavan handler Anthony Mulholland could take the two-mile-three-furlong maiden hurdle with the Andrew Lynch-ridden Myles Ahead.

Cuil Rogue is a danger here for Robert Tyner's in-form team, and the Presenting gelding has the benefit of a recent run. However, Myles Ahead's overall profile suggests that he might be the better horse. A Wexford bumper winner last year that was placed behind Windsor Park at Galway, he has been thereabouts in both of his completed starts over flights.

When last seen at Punchestown in October, Myles Ahead finished an honest fourth to Lord Scoundrel. If he runs to a similar level again now, he will go close in a moderate affair.

The two-mile equivalent that follows might go to Mark McNiff's Mystic Princess. Again, this is a race that lacks any real quality, with Philip Rothwell's Rufino one of those that showed a bit of form when placed off a mark of 98 at Thurles in November.

Mystic Princess' Downpatrick second to Akorakor last month is the pick of her four outings over flights. She fell early at the same track next time, but, if her confidence is none the worse, she has plenty appeal here at the weights.

When you factor in Luke Dempsey's allowance, she receives between nine pounds and 27lbs from her eight rivals, which could prove critical.

In the mares' beginners' chase, Lynch (left) might again be the man to keep on side aboard Adrian Murray's Winnie Cooper. Placed in two similar events last year, the Beneficial eight-year-old warmed up for this with a fine point-to-point second to Windy Millie in March.

Winnie Cooper's conqueror won again between the flags before finishing a game second to Boss Croaker at Fairyhouse on Wednesday, so the form reads well in the context of today's opposition.

At Dundalk, Johnny Murtagh could secure his first win of 2015 with Hunt in the three-year-olds' maiden over seven furlongs. Pat Smullen's mount disappointed on its third start last year, but its first two outings were full of promise.

Nosed out by Initial on its Leopardstown bow, it found only Success Days too good at Gowran Park in August, form that reads particularly well now.

Irish Independent

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