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Sunday 17 December 2017

Shorter trip could be the making of Polidam

Mullins has a notable recruit in the opening race in Law Girl. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Mullins has a notable recruit in the opening race in Law Girl. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Polidam was an expensive failure at the Punchestown Festival but he may be able to show his true colours in Listowel's featured John J. Galvin Handicap Steeplechase today.

The way he finished his race - really meekly - is a concern but there was strong support for him in the betting and that would imply that he was working better than he performed. Moreover, it was his first start for Willie Mullins, and he made a bad mistake at the fifth.

Mullins performs wonders with horses he gets from France and this son of Trempolino was decent there. He can be keen so dropping back in trip should suit under Ruby Walsh.

For a race of its bracket, there is ample dead wood in this, and it will be no surprise if Polidam is bang there jumping the last. My Hometown, which has been so disappointing, may belatedly show his worth as a danger.

Mullins has a notable recruit in the opening race in Law Girl. The Lawman filly was touched off on the level in France last August on her final start in her homeland; she appeals as a type for this game on paper.

The three-mile handicap hurdle is a trappy contest. Garri Rua, which was an easy course winner off a slightly lower mark at the Harvest Festival, may come on from a reasonable return at Tipperary.

In the two-mile maiden hurdle, Line Out could take beating for John Kiely, but preference is for Uradel. This one has been off the track since January of 2015 but that hardly matters much, coming from the Mullins barn.

It might be worth giving Cant Wait another chance in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle. She has been expensive to follow but really ought to be better than this grade.

Shabdiz rates an interesting newcomer in the opener of Gowran's Flat offering. This colt is an Aga Khan-owned and Dermot Weld-trained son of Sea The Stars, just like easy winner Tirmizi at Listowel yesterday.

There is a nice each-way make-up to the third race, with four places for which only a handful might be realistically fancied. As such, an each-way play on Less Of That - which seems to be gradually improving for John Feane - or Grey Waters will be popular.

Weld can double up in the handicap over an extended nine furlongs in the form of Heartful. She is no star and Pat Smullen will be hoping she can get handy from a fairly high draw but a mark of 79 likely underestimates her slightly.

Tia Amo could be interesting in division two of the mile handicap, though she took a backward step last time when well-backed. There was also a good deal of money for Queluz last time, notably at this track, and this hardy front-runner is again drawn to attack.

Gowran is in the heart of both racing and hurling country. The little talk about the county's hurlers will be music to the ears of Brian Cody, who may find a winner in the Kilkenny Senior Hurlers Race Day Saturday June 24th Handicap in the shape of Have A Nice Day, which scored on his first start for John Feane at Naas. He has gone up 5lb but could make all from gate one.

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