Taglietelle has winning recipe
The Gordon Elliott-trained Taglietelle is a banker in the Sean Graham Hurdle at Down Royal's popular holiday fixture today.
Taglietelle, ridden today by Paul Carberry, was a very easy winner over hurdles on his penultimate start prior to being narrowly denied by less than a length when third in a Curragh handicap on the flat.
Quickasyoucan, trained in Crossgar by Colin McBratney, is the obvious danger, consistently placed in decent contests, most recently at Ayr, while Guiding George, a Kilbeggan winner on firm ground, could complete the exacta.
The locally owned Shemshal, having filled fourth behind Macnicholson at the Punchestown Festival on Thursday, looks the likely favourite and while talented, I have doubts over the resolution of the Tony Martin-trained runner. However, today's firm ground could bring enough improvement to win.
Cape Glory failed to impress on his hurdling debut and Elliott's other runner, Santo Prince, could prove best while trainer Noel Meade's newcomer Bronco Billy is notable on his debut.
The ex German-trained Odit – based in Omagh with Mervyn Torrens – finished third on his hurdles debut at the Lisburn track in March and could offer each way value while Knockans Bridge, trained at Ballyclare by Harry Smyth and a new addition to the stable, has his first course outing having multiple placed efforts in point to points.
Patrolman provided trainer Shark Hanlon with his first all-weather winner at Dundalk last month and has an opportunity to open his hurdles account in a weak handicap hurdle.
The James Lambe-trained Shanroe Society, having finished fourth behind Back of Mate at Downpatrick in March, can supply the danger.
Howwouldyouknow, trained by Liam Lennon who sent out Tammys Hill to win the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival, finished runner-up in a novice chase at the course in November and returned to action last month to finish fourth at Hexham.
However, Jansboy, with top jockey Davy Russell booked by trainer Michael Winters and having shown promise on his chasing debut at Cork when third, can prevail and warrant the trip from Kanturk, County Cork.
Nearest The Pin, another Shark Hanlon runner, can claim the feature chase despite top weight and will appreciate today's going having shown his best form on the faster ground.
Bottom weight Westhaven is another that will enjoy the firm ground while the Lambe-trained Araglen Lad and Raajih, fourth on Saturday at Punchestown, look the pair to beat.
The hunter chase attracts just six runners.
Carmels Boy, trained at Loughbrickland by Neil McKnight, if repeating his effort on similar going when third in a handicap hurdle at the course can score and deny likely favourite Need To Know.
The concluding bumper looks the most competitive contest of the day and Fill Your Hands can build on prior promise with top amateur Robbie McNamara booked.
Intheolddays, second on similar conditions at the track last year, and Officer Cadet – third on Fairyhouse debut – look the principal duo, while newcomers Sun Harbour, Elle Belle and Outtilallhours rate the dangers with Aye Paddy Too, trained at Ballyclare by Harry Smyth, having caught the eye on his track debut when third at the venue in March.
The going is good/firm with the course watering in advance of racing.
TODAY'S DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 2.20 Odit 2.55 Patrolman 3.30 Taglietelle 4.05 Jansboy 4.40 Nearest The Pin 5.15 Carmels Boy 5.45 Fill Your Hands