In-form Blue Templar bidding for hat-trick at Downpatrick

Thursday, May 23 2019

Blue Templar switches tack at Downpatrick on Friday night when reverting to ‘regulation’ fences.

The Enda Bolger-trained gelding blossomed over the banks at Punchestown last month with two wins at the Kildare venue.

Connections now attempt to make use of a low mark over fences in the Racing TV Handicap Chase at the northern venue.

Amateur Ray Barron got a great tune out of the Milan gelding at the festival meeting and he again takes the mount in the extended two-mile-seven contest.

The eight-year-old would appear nicely treated off a mark of 95 if he can transfer his recent improvement over banks back to chasing.

The other last-time-out winner in the field, Shanklys Dawn, would be an obvious danger.

Philip Rothwell’s charge left behind her recent form when scoring at Tramore ten days ago and bids to defy a 6lb rise now for that victory.

She has winning form at the course, having scored here in March 2018.

Bolger also looks to have a lively contender earlier on the card, as Thatbeatsbanagher also switches codes in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

The Flemensfirth gelding ran well to finish third over fences at Killarney 12 days ago and is now rated 7lb lower back over timber.

Gordon Elliott has a good strike rate at Downpatrick and looks to have plenty of chances on the card.

Batts Rock should gained a deserved victory in the opening Molson Coors Maiden Hurdle, having been placed four times over timber.

He ran a solid race to chase home French import Authorized Art at Punchestown last time and this looks an easier task now.

Stablemate Monition was just collared late on here a fortnight ago and may be able to gain compensation now in the following Tote Supporting Downpatrick Handicap Hurdle.

Thisonesforollie won her maiden hurdle at the course last September and may be able to make the breakthrough over fences in the John Rea Memorial Beginners Chase later on the card.

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