Sunday 19 November 2017

Paparazzi Kid can score again

The Paparazzi Kid will bid to follow up on his success at Wexford on St Patrick’s Day in the featured Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel today. Photo credit: Getty Images
The Paparazzi Kid will bid to follow up on his success at Wexford on St Patrick’s Day in the featured Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel today. Photo credit: Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

The Paparazzi Kid will bid to follow up on his success at Wexford on St Patrick's Day in the featured Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel today.

The Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old won a veterans' contest last Friday, and while taking on some younger rivals this time over two miles and three furlongs, the fact that Ruby Walsh takes over on The Paparazzid Kid will do his chances no harm.

Knockraha Pylon also won last time out at Thurles, and she is an obvious danger with Paul Townend in the saddle for Adrian Maguire.

Mozoltov, well beaten at Navan on Sunday, My Murphy, which finished behind the selection at Wexford, and the Andrew McNamara-trained Val De Ferbet complete the line-up.

Strike Is Back is another to be turned out again quickly and she can maintain Gordon Elliott's purple patch in the opening maiden hurdle.

The daughter of Darsi went down by just half a length at Limerick last Saturday and she should be able to go one place better now in a contest of this quality.

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The Ardfinnan Maiden Hurdle appears a more competitive affair, with the Mouse Morris-trained Hickey's Rock and Tom Taaffe's Nanny Stone likely to be vying for favouritism. However, the consistent Moroval is taken to score for Henry de Bromhead and Andrew Lynch.

Logical Song, No Dice and Knockraha Boss are the three to focus upon on in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase, with vote going to the last-named which should be suited by a return to two miles after finishing being run out of it by Boher Call at Thurles over a quarter of a mile futher.

Elsewhere, the Mullins-trained Airlie Beach could bid to get her season back on track at Fairyhouse after she failed to fire at the Cheltenham.

The seven-year-old was sent off second favourite for the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle, but having helped set a strong pace, she weakened quickly from the home turn and beat just one other finisher, with stablemate Let's Dance running out an impressive winner.

Meanwhile, Sligo's first Flat fixture of the season, which was scheduled for Sunday, April 30, has been cancelled.

The Turf Club said the meeting had to be scrapped "as a result of drainage work carried out this winter which has not yet repaired sufficiently".

Sligo are next due to race on Monday, May 22.

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