The first day of the Down Royal meeting focuses on jump racing and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Isotope could supply a banker in the featured handicap hurdle.
The selection has twice finished runner-up in recent efforts and has the talented Hugh Morgan in the saddle – the rider having partnered seven winners in recent weeks with professional jockeys sidelined, allowing conditional riders many more opportunities.
Place Des Vosges, Mr Coldstone, Ena Baie and Visionaire hold solid claims while Run For Oscar, despite an absence and the horse’s first handicap, represents Cathal Byrnes and must be noted in the betting.
The 80-95 rated handicap hurdle has been divided and Nymphhall, Ricky Langford and Balgowlah appeal in the first division with the first named a winner last time from John Ryan’s in-form team.
Dinny’s Ginny, Aliym and Cluan Dara are the trio with solid claims in the second division and the last named could see the Ryan stable claim both contests.
Western Victory is nicely treated in the opening mares winners race and has Make My Heart Fly, a useful chaser, to beat.
The Matthew Smyth-trained Irish Poseidon has been expensive to follow but can land the maiden hurdle if accounting for Mars Harper, Aubretia and Kings Vow while the locally-owned Digby showed promise on her Limerick debut and could prove the main threat.
In an open maiden hurdle, Pikala, Bennystiara and Look Don’t Touch, trained by Dermot McLaughlin, have placed efforts to their credit while One For Joe, trained by Cathal Byrnes, and the Emmett Mullins runner Shake Him Up warrant consideration.
Two bumpers conclude racing. The majority in the first for fillies are newcomers, although the Joseph O’Brien-trained Whispering Pines finished third on her debut.
Frontline Worker, Lovelybone and Bambeano are the trio of debutants holding most interest.
Again there is minimal form for runners in the finale, however newcomer Esperti, racing in the colours of Cheltenham Festival victor Belfast Banter, catches the eye on his debut.
The Gossiper, Miracle Millions and Rightful Mind, along with another duo of newcomers, the locally trained Lily Du Berlais and Café Del Mar enter calculations.
SELECTIONS: 1.20 Western Victory 1.50 Irish Poseidon 2.20 Look Don’t Touch 2.55 Nymphhall 3.30 Cluan Dara 4.05 Isotope 4.40 Frontline Worker 5.10 Esperti