Wednesday 19 June 2019

Top weight won't hamper The Last Marju's bid

Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile

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The in-foal Mill Quest really has appeared to turn a corner in recent weeks, but despite that it is the top weight The Last Marju (3.50, Listowel) who is picked to win the €40,000 John J. Galvin Handicap Chase.

A winner on the Flat at Sligo when last seen a fortnight ago, that could have worked out to be the perfect pipe-opener for the seven-year-old, who had not previously run since finishing third in good company at Tipperary in a Grade Three novice chase last October.

Carrying top weight here won't be an easy task, but the small field and the ability to be open to more improvement should see The Last Marju prove difficult to beat.

It is a decent card at Listowel today and after snaring the first race on yesterday's Flat card here, Jessica Harrington might again win the opener, this time with City Ballerina (1.50).

The flat recruit carries the colours of Sean Mulryan and the switch to jumping can see this €115,000 yearling open her account.

Fast Buck (2.20) cost Willie Mullins similar money and on all known form should open his account at the third time of asking when lining up in the John B. Keane Maiden Hurdle.

Paul Nolan looks to have placed Crazyheart (2.50) very well. Rated much higher over fences, Crazyheart reverts to hurdles and also has Sean O'Keeffe's 7lbs claim to really leave that horse well in.

The 14-year-old On The Fringe (4.20) would be a popular winner if he can claim the Hunters Chase.

Meanwhile, there is a full Flat card at Gowran Park where Mary Salome (2.35) is picked to back up her win at Limerick last month to win the valuable Ashgrove Stables Irish EBF Fillies Handicap.

An hour later the Jessica Harrington-trained Sweet Dime (3.35) looks the pick of the card.

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