Stack's Time Of My Life weighted for success
If there is such a thing as a handicap certainty, then Time Of My Life is surely one at Roscommon this evening.
At Wexford on Saturday, the John Magnier-owned three-year-old, which cost 150,000gns as a yearling, bolted up on its handicap debut, having been backed from 6/1 into evens favouritism.
Given the effortless manner in which he romped home by 15 lengths, the only regret connections may have is that Wayne Lordan didn't keep a bit to himself.
Tommy Stack's representative earned a rating of 47 in three starts over a mile, seven furlongs and five furlongs last term.
On paper, however, Time Of My Life is bred to need further, and the handicapper will no doubt have got little sleep after watching him take full advantage of what was a dangerously low mark on stepping up to 12 furlongs at Wexford.
An old-fashioned gamble that had its makings in the most simple exploitation of the handicapping system was duly landed in style, but there might have been one or two further touches to be had if Lordan elected to win more cagily.
As it is, Time Of My Life's rating will feel the full extent of the assessor's wrath this week, so his turn under a 5lb penalty tonight is likely to be the easiest assignment he will encounter in the near future.
He faces 10 rivals in the 12-furlong handicap, but none of them will see him for dust.
Earlier, with Johnny Murtagh claimed for the Aga Khan's Massiyn in the opening maiden, Niall McCullagh can help John Oxx's Allowed to build on his recent second at Leopardstown in Sheikh Mohammed's colours, while Ruby Walsh gets the nod on Laganbank in the beginners' chase.
The former champion jockey's only mount on the eight-race programme, Willie Mullins' six-year-old was decent over hurdles, but fences are sure to suit better.
Glibin, third to Mullins' impressive Arvika Ligeonniere at Punchestown, looks the main danger in what is a fair contest. A point-to-point, bumper and maiden hurdle winner for Colin Bowe, the Luso mare is consistent and jumps well.