• Tramore - Thursday

    My Manekineko to gain deserved success

    The James Nash-trained My Manekineko can get back to winning ways in the Three Ireland Rated Novice Chase on opening session of the Tramore August festival this evening. 

    The 10-year-old is without a win since a success on the Flat at Dundalk in May 2016, but he has shown some nice form on a number of occasions since then and ran well when second to Successor at Wexford last time. He has a little to find with Eviscerating on a run at Clonmel in June but it is taking the early favourite on. 

    Zoffalee was a winner for Andrew McNamara and Dillon Maxwell at Ballinrobe on Monday and can follow up for the pair in the Flynn Hotels Handicap Hurdle. He battled well to account for Humaniste at the western venue, where he was also a winner in May, and there should be more to come from the only four-year-old in the field. 

    McNamara and Maxwell can also take the opening Pat Woodbyrne Memorial Beginners Chase with Dasmyhoss which went well on his first start over fences at Downpatrick in the middle of June and is entitled to improve. He has had a couple of goes on the Flat since. 

    Willie Mullins can also land a couple of winners with French-importQuartz Du Rheu a standout contender under Paul Townend in the Victoria House Maiden Hurdle. Poker D’Ainay can put a disappointing effort at the Galway festival behind him to win the Christy O’Connor Memorial Rated Novice Hurdle. His earlier form reads better and his cosy Wexford success in early July is the run to concentrate on. 

    Like Zoffalee, the Noel Kelly-trained Canadian Steel is a recent winner and he is 11lbs ahead of the handicapper as he reappears in the O’Neills Bar Handicap Hurdle following his facile Downpatrick win on Sunday. He’s on roll and can record his fifth win of the season here. 

    Rated 148 over hurdles, the Norman Lee-trained Sole Pretender should have the edge over Listen Dear in the Sands Hotel Tramore Ladies Maiden. He won three handicap hurdle on the bounce before finishing a highly creditable fifth under top-weight in the Galway Hurdle and might have an advantage over the Willie Mullins runner which is absent since November of last year. 

    Selections: 5.15 Dasmyhoss; 5.45 My Manekineko (NAP); 6.15 Quartz Du Rheu; 6.45 Zoffalee; 7.20 Poker D’Ainay; 7.50 Canadian Steel; 8.20 Sole Pretender. 

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