Supreme Vic bidding for hat-trick
Supreme Vic will be bidding to complete a hat-trick of wins on Ballinrobe's National Hunt card this evening when Norman Lee's mare contests the Broderick´s Electrical Handicap Hurdle.
The daughter of Old Vic is in foal to Rock Of Gibraltar and recently capitalised on a lower hurdles rating than chase mark when winning at Killarney and Tipperary in July.
Lee's 10-year-old reverts to hurdles and takes on 11 rivals, with five of those winning on at least one of their last four runs.
Among them is the Pat Kelly-trained Kansas Kid, which won its maiden hurdle here last month.
In the featured EPS Handicap Hurdle, the Karl Thornton-trained Duke Cass will be bidding for a quick follow-up, having won at Sligo last Thursday for which the gelding carries a fixed 7lb penalty.
The chief threat could come in the shape of Buyer Beware, who had the re-opposing Tagg's Island a place behind him when fourth in the Galway Festival event won by the exciting Muthaza.
Also in opposition is Walkabout, representing in-form trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jack Kennedy.
The Willie Mullins-trained Bobarlee is likely to take all the beating in the opening Maloney & Matthews (Mares) Maiden Hurdle.
The daughter of Arcadio won her bumper effortlessly at Sligo last month and is sure to be well schooled for her hurdles debut.
Mullins's other runner on the card is Borboleta, who has the assistance of the champion trainer's son Patrick in the saddle on his debut in the Cummins & Sons Homevalue Flat Race, while Tom and David Mullins team up with Supermac's Ballinrobe Handicap Hurdle top weight Phar Island.
The Thornton-trained Round Tower has hit the crossbar on his last couple of appearances, most recently at Cork a week ago, and is another to make a swift reappearance in the Burleigh Accountancy Maiden Hurdle.