Blame Thechampagne should make most of drop in class at Listowel
BLAME Thechampagne has her sights lowered a bit in the opener at Listowel on Saturday and can make the breakthrough.
Jessica Harrington has pitched the Bungle Inthejungle filly into stakes company on her last couple of outings and to be fair she hasn't been disgraced.
She stayed on from the rear to finish fifth in a Group Three at Naas on her latest outing and a repeat of that run should make her hard to beat.
The draw hasn't been kind to her out in the widest berth but the fact that she has made ground up from the back last time gives hope that she can overcome that.
This doesn't look like the strongest contest now and is certainly the easiest task that Blame Thechampagne has faced to date.
Bruce Lightning could be the danger after a nice run to finish third on his debut at Cork last month.
The Lightning Spear gelding was only beaten a length first time up and is entitled to improve from that experience.
Five got to post in the feature contest on the card, the mile median auction race, and Harrington may be able to collect again with Roman Hands in a tricky looking affair.
He stayed on nicely when second to easy winner New Variant on his return to action at Naas and looked like he would improve from that run.
The Holy Roman Emperor colt was very easy to back that day and it was encouraging that he ran better than the market suggested he would.
Scott McCullagh takes 3lb off his back now and that is a help in a tight looking contest.
Tiverton sets the standard with a rating of 90 but he has been disappointing in stakes company on his last two starts and has a bit to prove.
Hotaugustnight took a big step forward on her second outing and can make it third time lucky in the fillies maiden over a mile.
The Camelot filly kept on nicely when third to Subzero at the Curragh eight days ago and that was a significant improvement on her debut run at Naas just five days previously.
She has obviously been pleasing Fozzy Stack since her last run as he turns her out quickly again in an attempt to get a maiden win under her belt.
It's hard to look past Fernao in the concluding maiden over the same trip after two good placed efforts.
The Frankel gelding had to settle for second on his last visit to Kerry, when second in Killarney, and can make amends now.
GARY CARSON'S LISTOWEL SELECTIONS FOR SATURDAY
(next best in brackets)
2.25 Blame Thechampagne (nap) (Bruce Lightning)
3.00 Karaoke (Las Cuatro)
3.35 Allo Arry (Rock Etoile)
4.10 Hotaugustnight (Perfect Poise)
4.45 Roman Hands (Tiverton)
5.15 Alfarida (Not Even Maybe)
5.50 Fernao (Unterberg)