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Jaime Sommers can capitalise on course know-how at Kilbeggan

Runners and riders compete in the Dooley Insurances Flat Race during day one of the Punchestown Festival in Naas, Co. Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 25, 2017. See PA story RACING Punchestown. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Neville Ring

KILBEGGAN isn't a track that suits all horses but Jaime Sommers seems at home on the tight twisting circuit and can repeat her success at this corresponding meeting last year this evening.

Michael Bowe's mare took her maiden hurdle at the midlands venue 12 months ago and has run with plenty of credit in some decent conditions events subsequently.

She has only once been tried in handicap company since her win and that was on unsuitably heavy ground at Fairyhouse.

The daughter of the fantastic mare Solerina ran really well back on better ground at Wexford last Saturday when second to Shadagann in a strong looking rated race.

She looked to have plenty to find with her rivals at the weights in that contest but was backed at decent prices nonetheless and justified that confidence.

The fact that she has only been raised 2lb back in handicap company now makes her an attractive proposition because, on the face of it, she ran a good bit above this mark last time.

Mysticaltou, a cosy enough winner at Downpatrick last time, may prove the biggest threat but may just find the selection had a few pounds up her sleeve.

Robin Des Foret looks likely to go off a short price in the novice hurdle on the card and should prove a class apart.

He won in good style when making his jumping debut at Tipperary and looks open to plenty of improvement.

The other two hurdle winners in the field, Hidden Charmer and Fly Rory Fly, won moderate enough races and don't look to have the same scope as the Willie Mullins horse.

Prince Garyantle is sure to prove popular in the beginners' chase after two wide margin wins in handicap hurdles, including here last month.

He is taking on a slightly better class of animal now, however, as he turns his attention to the larger obstacles and may be worth opposing.

Flaviana makes her second outings over fences, in the race, after cracking run on her chasing debut at Fairyhouse.

She pushed Potters Point to a half length then and the winner went on to run with credit in a hot Punchestown novice handicap subsequently off a mark of 131.

That kind of form marks out Flaviana as the one to beat in this company now.

Trainer Andrew McNamara struck on his last visit to Kilbeggan, with Creative Talent, and can leave with another winner tonight when Papal Motel runs in the four- and five-year-old maiden hurdle.

He looks clear pick on form after his run at Tramore last month when he had Leomar back in fourth.

SELECTIONS

Neville Ring

5.15 Valgor Du Ronceray

5.50 Papal Motel

6.20 Jaime Sommers (Nap)

6.55 Robin Des Foret

7.30 Flaviana (Dbl)

8.05 Dallas Cowboy

8.35 Emmas Dilemma

Next Best

5.15 Investmentsuccess

5.50 Nessun Dorma

6.20 Mysticaltou

6.55 Hidden Charmer

7.30 Prince Garyantle

8.05 Turn Over Sivola

8.35 Or Jaune De Somoza

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