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Henry's scratch is one to catch

By Damien McElroy

Catcherinscratcher is the nap selection in the opening maiden hurdle at the Listowel Festival today.

Dual bumper winner Sallyanka is one of a number of other able mares lining out here, but Catcherinscratcher can make her experience count.

In the latest of four starts over flights, Henry de Bromhead's six-year-old ran around in the latter stages before keeping on for second. With third home Lisrenny Lady since winning, that form has held up, so Davy Russell's mount may be hard to beat.

Our Victoria is also fancied under Russell in the beginners chase.

This two-mile-three-furlong heat is likewise confined to mares, and there are few more capable in training at this time of year than Colin Bowe's charge, which has already accumulated two point-to-points, a bumper and a maiden hurdle.

In the hunters chase Annacarton, with Katie Walsh up, should win.

A fall at Cork on his penultimate outing is the seven-year-old's only blip in his last four starts.

A pair of Listed juvenile events take centre stage on today's Flat card at Naas, with Jim Bolger bidding for his third win in four years in the most valuable race on offer.

Bolger's Leopardstown scorer Teolane tackles eight others in the €43,875 Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies' Sprint.

The daughter of Teofilo faces no easy task but ought to prevail having slammed the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt Secretary Of State last time.

Naseem Sea, which finished second to Choir - another Ballydoyle colt - over course and distance in May, could be one of the main dangers along with Crimson Sunrise.

The latter, representing Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, is an improver that beat some useful sorts, including today's rival Homecoming Queen, at Navan recently.

O'Brien, who trains Homecoming Queen, has a better chance in the preceding Rochestown Stakes with Raphael Santi.

That one got its act together to win in facile fashion at the third attempt at Gowran Park in May, beating the subsequent winner Blue White Fire into third.

Earlier, Rose Bonheur can take the Owenstown Stud Stakes. This seven-furlong contest is another Listed race, one that sees Glor Na Mara bid to get off the mark.

* BALLYCLARE trainer Harry Smyth was on target with 12-1 shot Mr Springer in the Dunbia Handicap Chase at Kilbeggan yesterday.

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