Vibes Positive for Bolger chaser

Neville Ring

SUNDAY'S meeting at Tramore was called off shortly after 10.30am when rain and high winds had rendered the track unraceable.

It had been passed fit earlier after a 7am inspection. Monday evening’s scheduled meeting at the seaside course is dependent on an 8am inspection. Already, Tuesday’s Tipperary meeting has been cancelled, “unfit for racing”.

If racing does manage to go ahead this evening, Grand National-winning jockey David Mullins has sound claims of further success at a lesser level in the opening four-year-old maiden hurdle. The 19-year-old partners Tagg’s Island for Michael McCullagh and his St Patrick’s Day second to Alterno at Wexford should be good enough to ensure success here.

His threat could come in the shape of Little Stevie, who had matters sewn up at Cork, only to come to grief at the final flight leaving Noble Vision to win unchallenged. Adrian Heskin takes over here on Enda Bolger’s runner.

Willie Mullins applies a hood now to Master Of Verse for his jumping debut in the older horses maide. The seven-year-old has been costly to follow in bumpers and has the consistent Thumb Stone Blues to beat. In receipt of 8lb, he mightn’t have too much difficulty. Both Sizing Matterhorn and Fire On have yet to display any significant ability.

Gibbstown made a successful raid on Hexham recently and attempts to follow up off a 4lb higher mark in the handicap chase. This is a very moderate contest and his trainer Paul Stafford also saddles West Ship Master with similar claims on the back of his fairyhouse third behind change The Rules and Le Grand Chene. Enfield trainer Shane Nolan recently took over Five O’clock Tea from his neighbour Tony Martin and Robbie Colgan sits on him here. Definite chance of sorts. That’s three for you in an eight-runner field.

Long Journey Home put together a couple of useful efforts when following up his February Dundalk win with a second over hurdles to Mississippi River at Cork just over two weeks ago and remains well treated in the handicap hurdle.

With stable star On The Fringe going in again, and Gilgamboa running a blinder in the National, Enda Bolger enjoyed an excellent Aintree and is represented in the hunters chase here by Be Positive. The seven-year-old won and was second over the banks course at the 2014 Punchestown Festival but hasn’t been seen since, although a bold display here could tee him up for a repeat.

Mullins runs point-to-pointer Sister Saragh in the mares and she may be capable over Glendine river and Alphabelle.


Taggs Island (Dbl)
5.05pm: Master Of Verse
5.35pm: Long Journey Home
6.05pm: Mic Milano
6.35pm: Gibbstown
7.05pm: Be Positive (Nap)
7.35pm: Sister Saragh

Little Stevie
5.05pm: Thumbstone Blues
5.35pm: Dr Waluigi
6.05pm: By Bye O Bye
6.35pm: Five O’clock Tea
7.05pm: Hurricane Ben
7.35pm: Glendine River


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