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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Back the Gold Seal of approval

(Stock picture)
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Some interesting types go to Tipperary this evening for the eight-race National Hunt programme and unlucky Killarney loser Gold Seal can go one better in the opening race.

Joseph O'Brien's four-year-old stepped forward nicely from his debut and looked a winner earlier in the month before getting collared close home in a maiden by the well-backed Waterville Dancer, so he can be expected to put that right here.

The penultimate race on the card is also a maiden and it will be very interesting to see how Madison To Monroe fares out for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power.

A point-to-point winner before being purchased for big money by the late Alan Potts, Madison To Monroe failed to live up to his reputation in two bumper runs, so plenty of trust is required to back him today.

The form of his point-to-point success did work out, though, and it is interesting that Harrington has kept him on the go at this time of year. Hopefully the step up in trip makes the difference over obstacles.

A couple of horses with better form over fences will try and take advantage of their hurdle rating.

Tikkanen Express has got form on good ground and could go well at a price in the Go Racing Student Society Handicap Hurdle.

Shortly after that Capture The Drama can win for a ninth time. Aengus King looks to have found a good opportunity for the 10-year-old and the booking of Barry Browne has him running off a mark of 91 today having scored over fences last time off 112.

TIPPERARY TODAY

5.15 Gold Seal

5.50 Hugh Divots

6.20 The Last Indian

6.55 Calie Du Mesnil

7.25 Tikkanen Express

7.55 Capture The Drama

8.30 Madison To Monroe

9.00 Masons Daughter

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