Theos looks Well at Tramore

Gary Carson

THE best looks to have been left to last at Tramore on Saturday when the in-form Theos Well bids for a four-timer in the concluding two-mile handicap.

Mick Winters’s charge has really come into himself recently and has been an easy winner on his last three outings. The first of those wins was an impressive victory on the level at Ballinrobe when he dismissed a decent enough sort in Cillian’s Return in some style.

He returns to the Flat now after a couple of cosy wins over timber and the handicapper doesn’t appear to have been too harsh for his bow in that sphere.

Given that Cillian’s Return held a mark of 79 when he chased him home, a rating of 81 looks lenient enough. It could be argued that maybe the runner-up didn’t perform to that at Ballinrobe but even though he’s been dropped a few pounds since, he’s still a solid performer who had only been narrowly denied in a Gowran maiden previously.

The danger may be Landau, who comes into this off the back of a couple of decent runner-up efforts. It was a decent handicap hurdle at Killarney when he chased home Erlkonig and he had previously just been collared close home by Hurricane Sky on the Flat at Leopardstown.

On that run he’d have a big chance given that the winner went on to score again at the venue off a 12lb higher mark. 

There’s also a decent mile-and-a-half handicap on the card and the in-foal Oceania Queen can land another one before heading off to the paddocks. She was just collared over 10 furlongs at Down Royal last time and should appreciate stepping back up in trip now.

Elis Gury was engaged to run over hurdles here last night and naturally if he manages to win doing handstands it puts a different perspective on things. It’s hard to judge what kind of mark he has got on the level, which was calculated from his German form.

Marie Celeste has run well in better maidens on her first three starts and should get off the mark now in the mile-and-a-half fillies’ contest.

The opening maiden is a poor event and Creative Talent should have more than enough to make the breakthrough.


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