Saturday 17 February 2018

Thomas Edison can light up Bellewstown

thomas edison should be well equipped to cope with the sodden ground on the second leg of Bellewstown's three-day July Festival today.

The hugely popular Crockafatha venue was hit with significant rainfall yesterday, and the official going changed from soft to heavy during the afternoon. There will be a precautionary course inspection this morning (7.30).

Provided the meeting doesn't go by the wayside, Tony Martin's useful JP McManus-owned representative ought to take some stopping in the Buck Mooneys Maiden Hurdle, having finished a fine third to Venture Capital in a decent-quality heavy ground bumper at Fairyhouse in December.

Following that, Thomas Edison went on to topple the subsequent dual champion bumper hero Champagne Fever at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day. On his only other start, Mark Walsh's mount fell as he was about to lay down his challenge at the second-last hurdle at Gowran two weeks ago, having raced extremely keenly early on.

Provided his confidence hasn't taken a knock, then Thomas Edison should be less gassy today. Either way, none of his 15 rivals here are likely to match him for quality.

In the Bluegrass Resolve Cubes Novices' Hurdle, Casimir Road appeals as nap material. Charlie Swan's Roman Flight is less likely to be suited by the testing going, while the Ruby Walsh-ridden Rossvoss has done little to promote himself in three jumping starts to date.

Casimir Road, on the other hand, has been progressive, augmenting a soft-ground Cork maiden triumph with a fine second to the superior-rated Discoteca. If Michael Grassick's charge maintains that rate of improvement under Paul Townend now, he is the one to beat.

In the Seamus Mulvaney Handicap Hurdle, Tony Mullins and his son Danny can go close with Battling Boru, while Paddy and Martin Mooney, another father-son combination, get the nod with Wooly Tom in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

Irish Independent

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