No doubting Thomas in Tipp
THERE'S a good card at Tipperary tomorrow, headed by the Grade Two Istabraq Hurdle and backed up by three Grade Three contests, including the Concorde Stakes which sees Kieron Fallon in action on Dandy Nicholls’s Sovereign Debt.
After a below-par performance at Merano in Italy, last weekend, Willie Mullins saddles Thousand Stars in the seven–runner Istabraq Hurdle in which Tony Martin is double-handed with Ted Veale (Bryan Cooper) and the sponsor’s Thomas Edison.
Plinth, fourth in the race last year, beaten a dozen lengths by Rebel Fitz, also carries the JP McManus colours.
On his Merano run, Thousand Stars has no chance but obviously nothing untoward was discovered and, providing the travelling hasn’t taken anything out of him, he should put up a good showing in a race where he has to concede weight all round.
Thomas Edison fell at the last in the Galway Hurdle, having just joined stable companion Quick Jack in the air.
Quick Jack went on to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths from Max Dynamite and while Thomas Edison hasn’t run in the interim, Max Dynamite went on to win at York and is now in quarantine for next month’s Melbourne Cup.
Barry Geraghty partners Thomas Edison again and compensation awaits. Ted Veale, fourth in the Galway race with Thousand Stars back in sixth, is the threat.
Runner-up behind Balty Boys in a Haydock Group Three a month ago, Sovereign Debt is best treated at the weights in the Concorde Stakes.
Successful at the Curragh in June when beating Flight Risk by four-and-a-half lengths, he should be up to this task.
Sruthan won this two years ago and was third behind Big Break last year, so he might be the danger along with Tested .
The Grade Three novice hurdle is dominated by the unbeaten Bachasson, despite the presence in the line-up of Cardinal Palace, Moonmeister, Tigris River and Tully East.
The Willie Mullins-trained novice has a rating of 147 and three wins over hurdles to his credit, all on right-handed tracks. Conceding weight all round, he can beat Cardinal Palace and Tully East.
Kerry National third Rule The World went up 3lb to 150 after his Listowel effort behind stablemate Rogue Angel and Urano and is the highest-rated in the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase. He is one of three Gigginstown runners in this six-runner €30,000 two-and-a-half mile chase.
The Game Changer (Ruby Walsh) and Akorakor are the other Gigginstown pair, with Bryan Cooper on Rule The World, replacing David Mullins.
The third of Gordon Elliott’s trio is Miss Dinamic, with Barry Geraghty in the saddle. She’s a 123 mare over hurdles but has a win over fences at Killarney to her credit. Geraghty’s presence on her back is her greatest asset.
Can The Game Changer concede 6lb to Rule The World? The handicapper’s work suggests an emphatic “no way.” Viconte Du Noyer might be the one to spoil the party.