Play it safe with Star Harbour at Bellewstown
THERE are question marks hanging over several horses in the featured Kilsaran Race at Bellewstown this afternoon and Star Harbour may prove the safest bet.
Ado McGuinness' charge has been competing in the Racing League over in Britain and comes into the mile-and-a-half contest in decent form.
He was last seen finishing fourth at Southwell 15 days ago and had won on his first trip across the water at Chepstow last month.
With a rating of 96 he sets the standard in today's conditions event and looks the one to side with.
The ground would be the one slight concern, as although he has won with cut in it he isn't proven on going this testing.
It may be worth chancing that he'll get through it as he ticks a lot of boxes apart from that and Cian MacRedmond takes a useful 5lb off his back to ease the burden of top-weight.
Martinstown looked like he could be a stakes horse when winning on his debut at Cork in May 2022 but has presumably had issues since.
He cut out tamely enough on his return to action at Roscommon earlier in the month but may come on a bit from that outing and has the ability to be a big player in this company.
The Willie Mullins-trained runner Zenon has to overcome a huge absence and a watching brief is probably safest with him.
Conor Stone-Walsh takes 7lb off Roaring Gallagher to leave him on a nice weight and he is another to consider but Star Harbour is consistent and gets the vote.
It could be a good day for McGuinness who saddles a few leading contenders on the card.
Zig Zag Zyggy is one who will handle the ground in the preceding five-furlong handicap.
The eight-year-old won over course and distance in July and this track and going should suit better than Laytown last time.
Lisieux comes into the 47-65 handicap over the extended seven furlongs off the back of a big run at Listowel and can get back into the winners enclosure.
Her sole previous win came on soft ground at Naas and she improved for returning to an easier surface down in Kerry recently.
It's interesting to see Colin Keane partner Tatum in the opening nursery over the same trip.
Noel Meade has his string in fine form and this Postponed filly has a progressive profile with her best run coming last time when third to Basilah Bear at Naas.
GARY CARSON'S BELLEWSTOWN SELECTIONS
(next best in brackets)
1.40 Tatum (Not Far To Fall)
2.15 Dumb Love (Hasiyna)
2.50 Lisieux (Irish Rumour)
3.25 Drop The Dip (Eastern Wind)
4.00 Zig Zag Zyggy (dbl) (Distillate)
4.35 Star Harbour (nap) (Martinstown)
5.10 Narlita (Katonah)