Ballochroy has winning touch
Despite the prevailing fast ground, it is the jumpers who take centre stage at Tipperary this evening.
Feature event on the seven-race card is the Summer Sunday July 18 Hurdle, a conditions event in which recent surprise Punchestown winner, Swiftmarc, attempts to confirm his superiority over Just Moscow.
But, on official ratings, he has his work cut out against the likes of Decoy Daddy and Eagle's Pass, with smart chaser Oodachee another likely player on his return to the smaller obstacles.
While Eagle's Pass hasn't won for nearly 13 months — and that was on the flat at Leopardstown — Andrew McNamara's mount will enjoy the conditions and can edge out Just Moscow.
However, the NAP vote goes to Ballochroy who found only Thepartysover too good when favourite at Limerick but gets his chance to atone in the staying handicap hurdle. A winner at Naas in March, the Dessie Hughes inmate still looks on an attractive mark and provided he stays the three-mile trip, the five-year-old can see off the threat of Kamedare and Connectivity.
The Gordon Elliott team couldn't be in better form and the County Meath handler has chosen the opening maiden hurdle as a starting point over obstacles for Final Day. The six-year-old was unbeaten in two bumper starts - both of which came in Britain — and he is built to make a name for himself.
Major Harry has left Emma Lavelle since finishing third at Kempton and is interesting on his debut for Patrick Kelly.
Elliott has also booked Nina Carberry for the mount on Steps To Freedom, who is one to keep an eye on in the concluding bumper.
Turf War returns from a spell on the sidelines in the two-mile novice chase but Michael Hourigan's charge wasn't that far away in a Grade Three when last seen so any market moves for Davy Russell's mount should be watched closely.