Friday 23 February 2018

Pique out for more success

As De Pique
As De Pique

As De Pique will bid to record his third win of the season as he lines-up in the Saltees Islands Handicap Chase at Wexford on Friday evening.

A winner at Down Royal and Punchestown earlier this summer, the Gavin Cromwell trained 10-year-old unseated on his next start when sent off favourite.

He was again the market leader on his latest outing at Killarney but he found Valours Minion two and a half lengths too good.

The son of Woods Of Windsor is fitted with blinkers for the first time now while James Kane again takes a valuable 7lb off his back.

Easter Hunt and Illtakeitfromhere both won over the course recently and they look big dangers while handicap debutant Six Senses and the Henry De Bromhead-trained Allied Victory are others to consider.

Up Sluggarh was an emphatic winner over the course in April and he fell on his two starts since at Limerick and Ballinrobe respectively.

He returns to Wexford now for the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase and should give a good account of himself in what looks a weak contest.

Officer Cadet, Drive The Bus, Quiet Account and Tomcoole Lad appear the ones to focus on in the Monart Destination Spa Ladies Day Tomorrow Beginners Chase while Colms Dream and Slygufftou are the stand out names in Selskar Abbey Handicap Hurdle.

Sam King is Ruby Walsh's only ride on the card and he takes his chance in the opening Maiden Hurdle.

The son of Golden Tornado is trained by Walsh's father Ted and he is sure to have plenty of supporters in what looks a very ordinary race.

Presenting Mahler was a close-up third on her last start at Killarney and she can be expected to go close in the Tintern Abbey Handicap Hurdle while Conduct Yourself looks the one to beat in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race.

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