Sunday’s fixture list to round off Cheltenham week sees four meetings going to post, with jumps racing from Carlisle and Ffos Las, as well as from Navan and Limerick in Ireland.
Limerick (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Navan (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.00pm (6 races)
(3.25) Dual-winning pointer BORU BOY
(15/2, William Hill
) may be the way to go in this cotnest, as having had only one prior run over hurdles at Wexford back in June 2014, the Brian Boru gelding posted a head success over Iconic Image at Cork in January.
The drop in trip here is unlikely to pose an issue given this contest will likely develop into a slog; and switching into handicap company from a workable mark, he may be worth chancing that he can build on that effort.
1.50 – Fit To Be Tied
2.20 – The Green Lady
2.50 – Mon Lino
3.25 – Boru Boy
4.00 – Daisy’s Gift
4.35 – Cappacurry Zak
5.05 – Double Scores
(3.00) TARA MAC
(3/1, Paddy Power
) ran out a good winner of a soft-ground Lingfield contest back in February, beating Clonusker who has run well since; and Tim Vaughn’s charge was still travelling well when falling at Fakenham two days ago in the race won by D’Nailor.
The Kayf Tara mare is quickly turned out in a bid for compensation, and she may still have some scope to improve as a chaser; assuming the fall hasn’t dented her confidence, she could well bounce back to resume winning ways.
Nansaroy can hit the target at Ffos Las.
(4.10) STEEL NATIVE
(10/3, Sky Bet
) posted a solid runner-up effort here two starts ago behind Ben Arthur, beaten a short-head; and Dai Rees’ charge was set to go one better back at this venue earlier in the month only to fall at the last when holding a slender advantage.
The Craigsteel gelding would likely have had the measure of eventual winner Get In Pat, who reopposes; and while he has been raised 5lbs in the weights, he may still have more to offer, and he can gain some compensation here if none the worse for that spill.
2.00 – Global Thrill
2.30 – Monbeg Aquadude
3.00 – Tara Mac
3.35 – Alf ‘N’Dor
4.10 – Steel Native
4.45 – Nansaroy
5.15 – Equus Amadeus
(2.10) BALTAZAR D’ALLIER
) could take plenty of beating in the opener, and Gordon Elliott’s charge can get punters off to a winning start.
The Malinas gelding was a winner between the flags a couple of seasons back, prior to making a winning introduction to hurdles when scoring readily at Naas last November when beating Mighty Stowaway.
That run was followed up by a hugely creditable runner-up effort to Messire Des Obeaux at Newbury in the Challow Hurdle, where he was runner-up and beaten just two lengths.
That form is solid in the context of this race given that winner’s subsequent exploits; and while this is no easy task taking on some smart novices, he remains open to plenty of improvement and should go close.
The Tullow Tank can make a winning return to action at Navan.
(3.45) THE TULLOW TANK
(5/2, William Hill
) is returning from an absence, but if Alan Fleming’s Oscar gelding can recapture something like his best form he won’t be far away.
A top-class hurdler, he hasn’t quite scaled the same heights over fences; but he is capable at his best, and wasn’t beaten far behind Gilgamboa at Fairyhouse in a Grade One a couple of seasons ago.
Having returned from a lengthy break last term to post a couple of below par efforts, he hasn’t been seen out since; but he has gone well fresh in the past, and with ground unlikely to pose an issue, he can go well on his return from another absence.
2.10 – Baltazar D’Allier
2.40 – Chirico Vallis
3.10 – Benkei
3.45 – The Tullow Tank
4.20 – Oscar Knight
4.55 – Mr Boss Man
5.25 – Beyond The Law
(3.20) LITTLE BRUCE
) posted a pair of wins at around this trip at Wetherby and Ayr around the turn of the year; and Philip Kirby’s Yeats gelding lost nothing in defeat over this course and distance last month when third to Political Quiz, beaten just over ten lengths.
His previous win came under a penalty when beating The Doorman in soft ground, and back on a testing surface here he may be able to resume winning ways having been eased slightly in the weights.
Kaki De La Pree can bounce back to winning form at Carlisle.
(3.55) KAKI DE LA PREE
) remains a relatively low-mileage sort, and the Kapgarde gelding can bounce back to winning ways following a pair of below-par runs.
Tom Symonds’ charge has previously posted some high-class form, but recent outings have seen him being let down by his jumping having got no further than the first fence in the Classic Chase at Warwick; and he again jumped stickily back there when fourth behind Belami Des Pictons.
His last win came at Worcester last June when beating In The Rough, but he is fully effective on these conditions, and if his jumping holds up with first-time cheekpieces tried to hopefully sharpen him up he may be capable of bouncing back to winning form.
2.15 – Fattsota
2.45 – Gino Trail
3.20 – Little Bruce
3.55 – Kaki De La Pree
4.25 – Lord Ballim
5.00 – Pearlysteps