Tuesday 16 January 2018

Presenting Nama can cash in under Condon

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Recent Clonmel winner Presenting Nama is fancied to continue his progression when he tackles the novice hurdle at Wexford this evening.

On a busy night of racing, there is also a Flat card at Navan, but the jumpers' eight-race programme in the south-east offers the most attractive options from a betting perspective. Presenting Nama may be the pick of the lot.

John Halley's dual bumper winner turned in a fine effort to be third on his hurdling debut at Killarney, before obliging by a head over two and a half miles last time. Ordinary Man, fifth then, franked that form with an easy triumph on Wednesday.

Although Presenting Nama drops back to two miles now, he has never looked short of pace, so he should follow up under Davy Condon.

Another with strong credentials at Wexford is the Noel Meade-trained Gracchus in the handicap chase. Having never excelled over flights, Gracchus took to fences at the first time of asking when scoring at Cork in April.

On his only subsequent jumping start at Punchestown he was a respectable fourth, and has been dropped a pound for that.

Gracchus faces more experienced opposition from the likes of Francis Du Mesnil and Sense Of Awareness here, but the five-year-old has the scope to improve under Paul Carberry.

The former champion jockey could get his night's work off to a good start on Virgil Earp in the opening maiden hurdle. Meade's four-year-old is having just his third run over jumps, and would be hard to beat if he reproduces the level of performance that saw him finish second to Unaccompanied at Punchestown in December.

At Navan, Harry Rogers' Calm Bay can gain an overdue success in the featured five-furlong handicap. Without a win since 2009, Calm Bay has been second in four of his last six outings.

The most recent of those, when conceding 13lbs to Blue Dahlia at Down Royal, was a fair showing. Pat Smullen's mount should go very close again now at a track where he never runs a bad race.

In the Lynn Lodge Stud Maiden, Casimir Road has the best form of those that have already run. Jim Bolger's three-year-old finished eighth in a Leopardstown maiden in March that has thrown up three subsequent winners.

Irish Independent

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