Nanabad can come good in Tipperary trip
A €25,000 fillies' handicap is the top prize on offer at this evening’s mixed meeting at Tipperary. The response from trainers is deafening. Just six runners, the top-weight Nanabad has one career success to her credit, a win last October in a Gowran maiden and she races off a mark of 86. She concedes 24lb to a 10-year-old at the bottom of the weights in Lilly The Lioness, 2lb out of the handicap.
Predictably outclassed when seventh of the nine starters behind black-type earner Somehow in a Listed Gowran Park fillies' contest at the end of April. Of course that winner went on to win a Group Two at Newmarket and last weekend ran fourth in the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury behind Ribchester. Here this evening, with a 7lb claimer on board and fitted with cheek-pieces for the first time, Nanabad forges on in her second season’s racing at a contrasting level.
She should cope with Johnny Murtagh’s Sister Blandina at a 2lb difference but Peter McCreery’s Roscommon maiden winner Zamira might be a threat of sorts.
The other Flat handicap on the card is the 50-80 five-furlong sprint where Gopsies Daughter might struggle,, under an 8lb reassessment by the handicapper, to confirm her Curragh superiority of 12 days ago over such as Sweetest Taboo, Piazzini, Jenniechild and Pillar. Bottom-weight Olaudah now has a 12lb pull with Gopsies Daughter relative to Navan a month ago when two-and-a-half lengths separated them. It’s a tricky enough contest but Curragh-trained Olaudah, even from 6lb out of the weights, might offer some value with a 10lb claimer riding.
Wolfofbaggotstreet is interesting the opening 2 y-o maiden against Gallant Girl and the 12-furlong three-year-old maiden might not be too big a step for Wisconsin after his Curragh debut second behind a smart type in Night Of Glory.
Lettre De Cachet looks outstanding for Noel Meade in the two-mile maiden hurdle under Gigginstown jockey Bryan Cooper. This doesn’t look overly competitive she should prove hard to beat on her return to action. She was last seen chasing home Kalopsia at Galway last October and a repeat of that effort looks good enough here. Lettre De Cachet had previously been highly tried over hurdles in good company and actually made her jumping debut in a Grade One at Leopardstown the previous season. She is already Grade Two placed, albeit second in three-runner affair, and looks the class act in this company now.
Poker Party is an interesting sort making his debut over jumps and is one to note in the market. He showed ability on the level a couple of seasons ago and was a promising third at Navan when last seen in October 2015. Knockraha Boss has plenty of experience and should pick up some prize money.
Just Call Me appreciated the better ground when scoring at a big price here last month and may be able to repeat the feat despite an 8lb rise for that success. He powered away on the run-in then and looks good value for his rise given that he scored by five-and-a-half lengths. Hareth was also a winner last time out but that was on much softer ground at Limerick. He has won on better ground previously though, and on the all-weather, so he has to rate a danger now despite a 7lb rise.
Miss Eyecatcher was far from disgraced behind a top mare in Asthuria last time in Killarney and she looks capable of running well off this mark, back in handicap company. Admiral Brian has been running well, including at Cork on his last two starts, but has been creeping up the handicap as a result which doesn't help his chances, raised 5lb since his Wexford third in April.
Odds-on in the bumper with Mystic Theatre, Willie Mullins’s only runner of the night, one that will attract the money buyers. Only Penny Lane (Jamie Codd) represents any danger in the six-runner turn out.
7.15 Nanabad (Nap)
7.45 Lettre De Cachet (Dbl)
8.20 Just Call Me
8.50 Mystic Theatre
5.40 Gallant Girl
6.10 Sweetest Taboo
7.15 Sister Blandina
7.45 Poker Party
8.50 Penny Jane