Four days of fantastic racing at Bellewstown on the Hill Of Crockafotha comes to a close on Saturday and, following a decent week, Alan Marron is back again to mark your card for the card.
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4.40 WESTERN MOTORS SKODA MARES NOVICE HURDLE
A competitive race to start the final day on the “hill” and KALETTO looks to be solid each-way value here.
She ran a very promising third first-time out over hurdles and travelled best until she was passed close home. The jockey may well have gone a little too soon on her that day and she will be held up here until after the last, I would think.
I’ll be disappointed if she is not in the first three granted normal improvement.
5.15 ADARE MANOR OPPORTUNITY HANDICAP HURDLE
Not the strongest contest and winning form is at a premium.
PRETTY LITTLE LIAR won very nicely last time out when taken over to Stratford in England. The way he won there suggested he wasn’t stopping so the step up in trip should be no issue.
He has run over this course and distance when finishing fifth, fading close home. I think he is a stronger individual now and should be very hard to pass.
5.50 HIBERNIA STEEL MAIDEN HURDLE
Joseph O’Brien has his team in fine form and this could be another winner for him here with the hurdling debutant BABOIN.
A good winner of a Killarney bumper, he then went to Limerick and finished second to the smart horse of Emmet Mullins’, Sneaky Getaway.
He could be a horse a Galway Festival novice should he be successful here.
He’s one to follow over hurdles as he most definitely will pay his way.
6.20 FAST SHIPPING BELLEWSTOWN HANDICAP HURDLE – THE CARD’S €50,000 FEATURE RACE
Down at the foot of the weights here is a horse who travels extremely well in his races and has a very light weight. SONG OF NAMIBIA has gone up eleven pounds since the start of the season, but a faster race could be exactly what he needs.
His debut win was very impressive and then he was unlucky to be caught close home by Buttons and Bows last time out. Luke Dempsey is on board here and could get a very nice spin indeed.
6.50 BYRNE MARQUEES HILLTOWN HURDLE
Gordon Elliott dominates this race with the top two in the market but the Denis Hogan trained MACGILONEY could be the horse to pay most attention to.
He won his bumper here last season by ten lengths so the track and trip will be no issue. He has plenty to find with the top two in the market but he could be worth a small play at slightly bigger odds.
7.20 FAST TERMINALS HANDICAP HURDLE
DONA KATHERINA makes her handicap debut here under the guidance of Denis O Regan and she could just be the solid each-way value in the race.
She made the running last time-out and it didn’t play to her strengths. I think she is better when she travels into a race off a strong pace as she has plenty of stamina to boot.
She was very impressive when she broke her maiden tag in Tramore and this type of tight track could be just what she needs.
Will be hard to keep out of the frame if she handles the track.
7.50 MC LOUGHLIN OIL FLAT RACE
STREETS OF DOYEN was a nice winner for Stuart Crawford and his team back at Ayr in early May. He subsequently changed hands for 68,000 and is now in the very shrewd stable of local trainer to Bellewstown, John Mc Connell.
The potential favourite for the race, Rocket Lad, won well around Tramore but is well worth taking on here at the prices.
If Streets Of Doyen has improved for the change of scenery, he could be very hard to beat.