South African Tips
Ballinrobe- Tuesday 26th May
Nap of the day – Rock The World (8.00)
6.00 – McHale Fusion 3 Novice Hurdle - Off The Mark – Win
An easy winner at Kilbeggan earlier in the month, Off The Mark is taken to follow up. The form of that race received a boost when the third placed Esta Quercus won here last night and Christy Roche’s five-year-old can now win from Ibsen who made a winning start for his new trainer at Downpatrick. Call Me Pj looks a clear third best but he has been well beaten on a couple of runs since winning at Navan in March including finishing down the field when a big price at the Curragh on Sunday.
6.30 – McHale F5500 Baler Handicap Hurdle - No Kidding – Win
Having gone close on her handicap debut at Limerick two weeks ago, No Kidding might improve to win. She was a 66/1 chance on that occasion but the handicapper saw fit to put her up 4lbs for the run so he clearly feels there is better to come from the five-year-old. Royal Boru was a good winner at Perth a month ago and was all set to follow up when falling when in front at the final hurdle at the same track 24 hours later. Royal Shot has her first run since September but was a runaway winner here last July while Top Of The Town must improve on his recent Killarney effort which was his first in 18 months. He runs in his first handicap here.
7.00 – McHale Fusion Vario Maiden Hurdle - The Gatechecker – Win
Dropping in trip after running second to Star Counsel at Killarney, The Gatechecker can get back to winning ways now. That was a good effort and the form was strengthened when the fourth placed Mollyanna scored at Sligo last week. Mr Steadfast has his first run over hurdles and his first start since winning a bumper at Carlisle in October. He looks second best and should be more of a threat to the selection than Mayameen who was much improved when third to Patsio at Tipperary last time.
7.30 – McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle - Marchese Marconi – Each/Way
Marchese Marconi should go close. He would have gone very close but for losing his rider at the final hurdle at Fairyhouse in April and ran second to the well regarded Walk To Freedom at Punchestown later in the month. That one’s stable companion Phantom Prince had Face Value and Coldstonesober behind him when second at Limerick last time and is an obvious danger as are Killiney Court who runs in his first handicap and First In The Queue who has his first start for Tony Martin here.
8.00 – McHale Fusion 3 Plus Beginners Chase - Rock The World – Win
Rock The World can make a winning start to his chasing career. He was a fair performer over hurdles and comfortably accounted for A Sizing Network when winning at Punchestown in December. He was having his first outing since January when a good fifth to Waxies Dargle at Killarney earlier in the month. A Sizing Network is another over fences for the first time and he comes here have gone close behind Bog War at the Punchestown festival. Dysios has some nice form over fences and is a big player as is Abbey Lane who ran in some valuable handicap chases over the winter.
8.30 – McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase - Band Of Blood – Win
Band Of Blood ran fourth in the Grand National at Fairyhouse and might be winning again now. He led for much of the way then and was only headed over the final fence before dropping back. This represents a fair drop in class and today’s trip might be more suitable. In the same colours, Ravished is on a bit of a run and should go well again after winning at Kilbeggan and Killarney. He looks to hold Leavethelighton on his most recent start. Rohan’s Pride and Urano are other leading challengers.
9.00 – McHale Bale Wrappers INH Flat Race - Colwinston – Win
A good third to Okotoks at Down Royal earlier in the month, Colwinston might have the winning of this. That represented a major improvement on his debut at Naas in November and perhaps better ground will suit again now. Dromrue and Shouband are closely matched on their run behind Double Speak at Killarney in August and both might represent a bigger threat to the selection than newcomer Captain Barbossa.