Whiteout won't be a wipeout
GOWRAN PARK'S feature on Friday, the Pat Walsh Memorial Mares’ Hurdle, carries Listed status for the first time this year and Willie Mullins launches a two-pronged assault at the €25,000 two-and-a-half miler.
Ruby Walsh is on the four-year-old Whiteout, who shared the spoils in the Ulster Cesarewitch on the Flat after striking over hurdles at Bellewstown, with Paul Townend partnering Daisy’s Gift following her Galway disappointment.
Carrigmoorna Rock, who scored at this level, as well as in a Leopardstown Grade Three, lost her form at the beginning of the year but the Cork mare is more than useful at her best, although she’d hardly be able to concede 11lb to Whiteout, even at her peak.
Queen Alphabet ran well on her foray to Market Rasen recently and could be the one to give the improving Whiteout most to do.
Walsh teams up with Stuccodor for Dermot Weld in the older horses’ maiden hurdle. Classy on the level, the six-year-old isn’t quite the same force over timber, although three seconds from four National Hunt starts is certainly evidence that a race of this nature is well within his compass. Especially at this relatively low level.
Baily Cloud is a danger of sorts.
In the opening four-year-old maiden hurdle, the two to consider are Holy Water and Prince Kup. Both ran well last time but Prince Kup’s Listowel fifth behind Have A Few was promising enough to see him benefit here. He has three lengths to find on Holy Water but had an easier time of it there and can prevail.
My Manekineko edged home at Tramore and Cork in August but has much more on his plate on his hat-trick mission in the two-mile-four-furlong Handicap hurdle.
Star Power sprung a 33/1 surprise at Kilbeggan and heads the opposition, along with last-start maiden winners Balinaboola Prince and Shouband. The latter will appreciate the better ground.
Market support for Timanora went astray at Downpatrick last week but she goes again in the 80-95 handicap hurdle, but I’d prefer Rock On Bach over Carlyan.
Copy Print was second when sent off favourite at Ballinrobe and attempts to go one better in the 80-102 handicap hurdle. He really should be up to the task.
1.55pm: Prince Kup (Nap)
2.55pm: Rock on Bach
3.30pm: Whiteout (Dbl)
4.40pm: Copy Print
5.15pm: Snag List
1.55pm: Holy Water
2.25pm: Baily Cloud
3.30pm: Queen Alphabet
4.05pm: Ballinaboola Prince
4.40pm: Steel Wave