The feature at Downpatrick’s holiday fixture today is the first race, a conditions hurdle, and Benbulben Boy, one of a pair representing the Cullentra team can prevail.
Trainer Denise Foster also has Buddy Rich engaged which should reach the frame while Gladiatorial, a winner at the venue of his penultimate start, again has claims though Marajman, trained by Willie Mullins, looks the likely favourite.
Clifftop is interesting having been denied by a nose on the flat at Navan last weekend. It’s disappointing today’s card is devoid of chases.
Look Don’t Touch could supply the best bet on the card in the handicap hurdle, having been narrowly denied last time at Down Royal when looking the possible winner.
In a competitive contest, Mr Jackman, Favori Logique and the consistent locally trained Cream Sparkles have similar claims while Getaway Pat, trained by Henry De Bromhead for Philip Reynolds, owner of the sadly deceased dual Cheltenham Festival winner Presenting Percy, should be noted in the market on his handicap debut.
Ask Corry could be capable of gaining a repeat success at the track for the local syndicate owners and trainer Henry De Bromhead in the long distance hurdle.
Mick Charlie carries top weight following a win on Friday night at Kilbeggan but Ragin Cajun, which has been competing at a higher level, and champion jockey Paul Townend, can prove the danger. Outside The Door, Royal Red Persian, Lighthouse Rose and Magic Piper cannot be dismissed as previous course winners.
Rumoroso and Urabamba stand out in the maiden hurdle with the latter representing the De Bromhead and Philips combination. Purdy’s Gift, if repeating his Navan effort in January when runner up, could figure while Copia Verborum filled third at the track last time. The former, trained by Willie Mullins, just gets preference.
Reverse Polarity, Hanoi Jane, Rock Me Robin and Robyndeglory make most appeal in the mares hurdle — however the latter, trained by Declan Queally, gets the vote.
Getgo and Natural Breeze both filled second at the course on recent starts and the latter is taken to go obew better for trainer Philip Rothwell with Musical Ava and Svenman place prospects in the handicap hurdle.
The Barry Connell trained My Immortal was a £100,000 purchase from point to points and finished runner up on his first start for new connections and a repeat of that showing should prevail. Gris Majeur, in the colours of Ballyclare’s Wilson Dennison, is the danger.
SELECTIONS: 1.55 Benbulben Boy, 2.25 Robyndeglory, 2.55 Rumoroso, 3.25 Natural Breeze, 3.55 Look Don’t Touch (nap), 4.30 Ask Corry (double), 5.05 My Immortal.