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Star For Life has class to shine at Tramore

Star For Life is napped to kick off a bank holiday schedule that comprises seven meetings across four days in this evening's curtain-raising maiden hurdle at Tramore.

Mooncoin-based Eoin Doyle, the leading handler at the seaside venue with a massive level-stake profit of nearly 38 points across five years, will saddle the unexposed four-year-old in the two-mile contest.

Despite a full field of 15 runners, it is a race that lacks any depth, and the Robbie Moran-ridden selection ran an eye-catching race when keeping on well to be second to Age Of Glory at Killarney last time out.


That is the best form on offer here, so Star For Life, which finished second to High Chaparral's three-parts brother Father Of Science at Chester a year ago, should have the class to prevail.

Doyle is also taken to plunder the two-mile beginners' chase with Raggletagglegypsy, a triple hurdle winner that has failed to fire over fences so far.

On reverting to hurdles at Killarney recently, the seven-year-old showed that he is in decent form by finishing third to Cry For The Moon. He switches back to fences now at a quirky track where he has won and been second before, so it would be no surprise to see him make a better fist of it under able amateur Adam O'Neill.

In the longer heat, All The Way Home is another that really enjoys it here. Trained by Clonakilty-based Paul Moloney, the grey Alderbrook mare dug deep to get up at the Waterford track off a mark of 102 in April, having won nicely at Limerick in January.

Crucially, Paul Townend's mount has always jumped especially well, something that should stand to her now. All The Way Home's chief threat is probably Pigeon Creek.

Davy Fitzgerald's charge was an admirable second to Wise Oscar off a mark of 111 at Kilbeggan, but he is a horse that always tends to find at least one too good.

Jim Culloty and in-form claimer David Splaine will take plenty of stopping with their easy Downpatrick scorer Court Knee in the Jogforjockeys.ie Handicap Hurdle.

Easy Vic can make amends for its recent Limerick indiscretion under Ruby Walsh in the JCB Toughphone equivalent on tonight's Down Royal spread.

Disqualified after causing The Blarney Rose interference on the run to the line that day, Tony Martin's nine-year-old was the best horse in the race, so a four-pound penalty isn't off-putting.

Later on, Ado McGuinness' Cookie Crumbles is fancied in the Nokia Lumia Handicap over six furlongs. Ian Brennan's partner came up just short against College Boy at Cork, but the winner has franked the form nicely by following up at Killarney.

Irish Independent