Friday 22 February 2019

Brave Bravissimo looks pick of the bunch

Bravissimo, with Paul Townend on board, during the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase at Down Royal in January
Bravissimo, with Paul Townend on board, during the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase at Down Royal in January

The highest rated runners at Tipperary this evening will compete in the Kedrah House Stud 'Well Chosen' Beginners and BRAVISSIMO (7.0) would look the pick of the bunch.

The champion trainer, Willie Mullins, and his nephew, David, will combine for Rich Ricci's seven-year-old who does have plenty of experience over the larger obstacles and should finally open his account over fences.

The second season novice came closer in novice races than he did in a Punchestown Festival handicap last month and he is predicted to get the better of Noel Meade's Stoneford and the Mags Mullins-trained Last Encounter.

If you are looking to get rich from backing racehorses this would not be the meeting you'd pick to land a fortune as it really is a fixture with very trappy races and in the first a chance is taken on PAPAL MOTEL (5.30) for the in-form trainer Andrew McNamara.

The former Irish Grand National winning jockey has kept Papal Motel to maiden company here and looks to have found a good opportunity for the horse who has snippets of form in maiden races to suggest he could take this.

The obvious danger to the selection is Willie Mullins' three-time bumper winner Prince D'Aubrelle but that one is returning from a two and a half year lay-off so could be best watched on this occasion.

The most valuable race on the card tonight is the Tipperary Racecourse Handicap Chase over 2m1f and a tentative choice is given to recent Tramore winner JOXER (6.30) for Bill Harney.

Joxer caused something of a surprise when winning in first time cheek-pieces at Tramore last month but he couldn't have been more impressive and is worth taking a chance with again despite an 8lbs rise from the handicapper.


Hopefully Ryan Treacy can get a similar tune out of the veteran again today.

While the aforementioned Bravissimo managed to achieve the highest rating of those in action this evening, it will be interesting to see what heights some of the bumper contenders can get to later in their careers.

Unsurprisingly Patrick Mullins does hold a strong hand in the two concluding races and he is a notable booking on Jessica Harrington's LORVON PEARL (8.0) who was a recent £90,000 purchase after winning a point-to-point and she is picked to make a winning start on the track for her new connections.

In the concluding bumper the Willie Mullins-trained BILLAWAY (8.30) is given the nod to go one better this time after finishing second to an impressive winner on heavy ground at Cork's Easter meeting.

The novice hunters chase looks set to be a decent contest in which OSCAR CONTENDER (7.30) can put his experience to good use to deny Take Revenge.

The latter is in receipt of 12lbs from the selection and might be a nice sort but Oscar Revenge knows his way around and can follow up his win in a similar contest at Cork.


5.30 Papal Motel

6.00 Urbanist

6.30 Joxer

7.00 Bravissimo

7.30 Oscar Contender

8.00 Lorvon Pearl

8.30 Billaway

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