Our refined Sunday selections at Tramore

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The final day of the August Festival in Tramore begins with a 2 mile Maiden Hurdle where OLD BILL BARLEY look at the horse to beat for Willie Mullins and Sean O’Keeffe. Despite hanging on the left at Kilbeggan on his throwing debut last month, the son of Apsis can improve with experience and see what average opposition looks like. He showed enough ability on his debut winning a bumper, also at Kilbeggan, to suggest he will pay his way over hurdles for owner Luke McMahon.

Dixie Flyer is an obvious danger, with Conor Brassil picking up his 5-pound claim having already guided him to a third-place finish at Wexford in June. However, Henry De Bromhead’s runner was expensive to follow over the hurdles, disappointing again in Cork on his last start. Elsewhere, Gordon Elliott saddles Benz and Innellan Shore with Mollys Dream looking for a player for Eoin Doyle and is a horse to watch if backed beforehand.

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Sean Flanagan has found a few winners and forged new relationships since his split from Noel Meade and could score another hit with PAK ARMY in this 2 mile Handicap Hurdle. Eoin Doyle’s riders are always worth watching on this site and a recent rotation on the flat could put this horse on track for his first start over hurdles since last October. He was not disgraced when he was fourth on the course and distance on this occasion and a 2-pound drop in the grades may see him close.

Kinnegad Lad leads the weights of Gordon Elliott and Jordan Gainford and a dip in travel since returning to Limerick in May may see him being competitive. Elsewhere, former course and distance winner Morepowertoya is on Paul Power’s shortlist despite a disappointing race at Killarney. Jazz Ranger is another with a previous run form while Bite That, Flyaway Maggie and Hard Target could also fight for a spot.

THE GRAY MONTY can give coach John McConnell another winner on Sunday after his success with Rexem last weekend at Downpatrick. The Montmartre daughter is a former point-to-point winner at Dromahane and will relish the quickening of the journey to clinch this extended 2-mile, 5-furlong Maiden Hurdle with Simon Torrens in the saddle. The five-year-old has improved with every start over hurdles so far, coming closer to winning when he was third in Sligo earlier this month.

Willie Mullins has already won this race twice in 2017 and 2018 and currently has a strike rate of just over 40% with his hurdles at Tramore. Walk On The Moone earns the respect of Mullins’ side despite their disappointment as beaten favorites at Kilbeggan last month. Anyone can have him returns to the first hurdle company in what seems like a weak affair, while The Banger Doyle could be an interesting contender if he secures a run (second reserve) and a day in Classes.

The extended 2 mile, 5 furlong pursuit for beginners seems like a competitive affair with Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Peter Fahey all saddled riders with strong odds. Inclusion makes his debut for Team Mullins after being trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies before landing a Dromahane point for Ian McCarthy in April. Sit Down Lucy landed a handicap hurdle at the Galway Festival and is making her debut as a hunter for Peter Fahey, who also won that race last year.

HOLLYMOUNT gets the vote to see these rivals having always run well for Gordon Elliott and Bective Stud over the past year. The daughter of Jet Away should enjoy drier ground conditions more than her main rivals and is bred to shine over fences – she is a half sister to Ravenhill Road and Windsor Avenue. She settled comfortably in Ayr in May and was not dishonored by running a strong second place behind Molly Wedger in Killarney last month.

There are plenty of riders in this 2 mile, 5 furlong handicap pursuit with previous winning form on this site, making it an interesting and competitive race. PAT COYNE for John Queally and Jody McGarvey is one of those who won a Beginners Chase at this festival last year before running consistently well on both codes for the past twelve months. A drop in travel after his run at Downpatrick in June may see him close after finishing second on his last visit here in April.

Groveman looks like a player for Eric McNamara having already won on the flat here last summer and comes here after an improved effort when he was third in Limerick last month. Ballinaboola Steel can be forgiven for a poor run over the hurdles at Galway and are back in pursuit after scoring well at Limerick last month. A return to Tramore could bring a spark to Quirt Evans for David O’Brien with Twilight Girl, another one that could do well at higher prices.

Sunday Tramore Tips

13:40 Old Bil Barley
14:15 Pak Army
14:50 The Gray Monty
4:00 p.m. hollymont
16:35 Pat Coyne

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