• Wexford - Sunday

    Be brave again with Kiely runner at Wexford on Sunday

    The John Kiely-trained Brave Out might be up to repeating last year’s success in the Michael O’Murchadha Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Wexford on Sunday.

    He came out best in a tight photo-finish to the race 12 months ago and warmed up for this assignment when a promising fourth to subsequent winner Smoking Gun at Gowran Park a month ago. The more testing underfoot condition will certainly bring out the best in him.

    Racing begins with the M&T Plant Hire Maiden Hurdle and here jumping newcomer The Last Emperor can win for Emmet Mullins and Phillip Enright. He was a good sort on the Flat, rated 87 at his best, for Roger Varian and might be one to follow as he switches codes.

    Cheltenham Festival hero Gavin Cromwell might fancy his chances in the Shamrock Enterprises Maiden Hurdle with Darver Star, but An Fraoch Mor makes more appeal for Ross O’Sullivan. Both drop in trip for this but the selection was running a big race behind top novice City Island at Naas in February and where he would have finished much closer but for dragging his hind legs through the final flight.

    Western Sea makes loads of appeal, despite top-weight, in the Neville Hotels Handicap Hurdle. He has been running in much better races than this and the drop in class could bring about a change of luck. Westerner Point was a winner at the Limerick Christmas Festival and can add the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase to his list of successes. The 10-year-old was a winner at this meeting in both 2015 and 2016 and can give Phillip Enright a second winner of the afternoon.

    Selections: 1.45 The Last Emperor; 2.20 An Fraoch Mor; 2.55 Western Sea; 3.30 Brave Out (NAP); 4.00 Westerner Point; 4.35 Dylrow; 5.10 Braeside. 

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