Rattler poised to be in Ballinrobe shake-up
Memories of such former greats as Galmoy and Flashing Steel will be rekindled as the latest running of the John Mulhern Handicap Hurdle is the feature event on an eight-race jumping card at Ballinrobe on Tuesday.
Runyon Rattler has a sporting chance in what looks a competitive 11-runner event.
The Philip Rothwell-trained gelding opened his account over hurdles in fine style when taking a Wexford maiden in convincing fashion over the summer, and backed that up with a decent effort in handicap company at Killarney.
Andrew Ring's mount beat all bar Roconga, and any further drying of the ground will boost his chance.
Stephen Mahon has a good record at this venue and is double-handed with Afatcat and Paris Snow, while Bishopslough and Bellewstown winner Black Label are others to consider.
Joseph O'Brien holds a strong hand in the opening Sponsors Day At Ballinrobe 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle, and perhaps Lord Justice will prove just too good for stable companion Zig Zag.
Willie Mullins sends just one runner all the way from his Closutton base, and the hint should be taken as Listen Dear switches to fences in the Connacht Tribune Beginners Chase.
The Robin Des Champs mare likes to force the pace, and completed a hat-trick over hurdles when successful at Down Royal in June.
Ruby Walsh is also encouraged enough to travel west, and it's interesting to note that his only other ride on the card is aboard the Tom Nagle-trained Khalessi in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Mileys Dream was having her second outing at the Listowel Festival when winning nicely over two and a half miles on Saturday, and may defy a 6lb penalty over the same trip in the Brendan McNulty Memorial Handicap Hurdle.