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Down Royal - Friday 26th August

Nap of the day – Angelica Yeats (7.50)

4.35 – Zig Zag - Molson Coors 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle – Win 

Zig Zag might be best in a difficult race. But for a mistake at the final flight at Tipperary, he might have finished ahead of the more experienced Trespassed and an error-free round should see him home. He looks hold his stable companion Birthplace on that same Tipperary effort. Trespassed also looks to have the measure of Birthplace on their earlier run at Roscommon. Gordon Elliott’s charge was runner-up to Auld Brig on that occasion and should also have the beating of both Dodgybingo and Andratx on that form.
Exacta – 11-10
Trifecta – 11-10-4

5.10 – Bobarlee - Allied Bakeries Mares Maiden Hurdle – Win 

Bobarlee was a beaten odds-on favourite on her hurdling debut at Ballinrobe three weeks ago but is given another chance. An easy bumper winner on soft ground at Sligo last month, she was sent off at odds of 8/11 at Ballinrobe but could only manage third place behind Purseco and Wilms Warrior. That probably wasn’t a bad effort and she can build on it to account for Pat’s Oscar who is having her first run over hurdles. She too is a Sligo bumper winner and should emerge as a bigger threat to the selection than her stable companion Lucy MC who might benefit from this drop in trip. Kiera Royale is entitled to improve on her recent Tramore effort as it was her first outing since January. 

Exacta – 1-2
Trifecta – 1-2-7

5.45 – Prickly - Kerry Foods Rated Hurdle – Win 

Prickly is very much the one to side with. He scored a runaway success on the Flat at Killarney a week ago and if in the same form this evening will take all the beating. His jumping form reads quite well and he certainly looks a bet against the likes of Mai Fitzs Jack who was a big disappointment over a longer trip at Bellewstown at the end of June having won well over this distance at Listowel at the start of that same month. Everyday Everyhour was a good winner at Punchestown in early June but he didn’t do so well when upped in trip at Kilbeggan next time. He too might be better over this distance. 

Exacta – 2-4
Trifecta – 2-4-1

6.15 – Black Waterfall - SHS Group Handicap Hurdle – Win 

Black Waterfall will be all the rage. He was running for the first time since February, and having his first start for Gordon Elliott, when fourth at Downpatrick three weeks ago and is likely to improve. Indeed, he might have gone very close to winning that day but for being hampered at the final flight. Of the remainder, Balinaboola should be next best if repeating the run that saw him finish second to Venture Lazarus at Tramore while Kilcaragh Boy might go well as he was a winner at Roscommon when last seen in early in July. Silverpockets, Our Jerry and Our Rachael might also be worth a second look. 

Exacta – 17-5
Trifecta – 17-5-8

6.45 – An Caisteal Nuadh - Tayto Group Maiden Hurdle – Win 

An Caisteal Nuadh might just be good enough. It is a concern that he is running over hurdles for the first time here but he showed up well in two bumper runs and is a promising sort. He readily beat subsequent Tramore winner Frazel Express to score at Limerick a month ago and didn’t do too badly in a better race at the Galway festival. Rogue Agent was having his first run in Ireland and his first start since April when fifth to Jack The Wire in a maiden hurdle at Galway and he looks the biggest danger. He had King Cristophe, Art Of Security and Barrys Jack behind him at the festival and should have little difficulty in confirming that form. Benny In Milan and Triolet should be next best ahead of the long absent Redrobin. 

Exacta – 1-5
Trifecta – 1-5-3

7.15 – TB Broke Her - Coca Cola Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way

TB Broke Her wasn’t winning out of turn at Downpatrick last time and might follow up in a wide open race. She chased home to gambled-on Mr Smith at Roscommon and then went on to score at Downpatrick and a 5lbs rise in the rating does not look harsh. Mr Smith failed to back up his high-profile Roscommon success at Downpatrick on the same day but he remains a leading player along with Buachaill Maith who runs in his first handicap after an easy maiden hurdle success at Ballinrobe. Manuka is holding his form well as is Jack Slade who has a little to find with the selection and Mr Smith on Roscommon form. 

Exacta – 14-11
Trifecta – 14-11-4

7.50 – Angelica Yeats - Dale Farm Mares INH Flat Race – Win 

Angelica Yeats arguably boasts the best form and might come out on top. She ran well at Roscommon early last month and did better again when fourth to Electric Concorde at the Galway festival. The form of that race received a boost when runner-up Robin Des Foret went on to win as she liked at Kilbeggan. Joy’s Gift finished ahead of Scorpion Sea when running her best race when second to odds-on favourite Queen Deirdre at the Galway festival and she looks next best ahead of the Tramore fourth Jazz Mine. Newcomers could well play a part and the likes of Millanna and Sense Of Time might not be far away. 

Exacta – 11-4
Trifecta – 11-4-9

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