Thursday 18 July 2019

Conclusion can deliver the goods for O'Brien

Up for it: Conclusion is the standout choice in the 8.30 at Tipperary tonight
Up for it: Conclusion is the standout choice in the 8.30 at Tipperary tonight

There was a time when hopes might have been that CONCLUSION would have been pitching up on Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh and not at Tipperary on the eve of it.

But that's what's happening, and the colt will make the short trip across from Ballydoyle this evening with a good chance of landing the Follow @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Rated Race.

In the grand scheme of things, this son of Deep Impact won't be as fondly remembered as his stable companion by the same sire, Saxon Warrior, but if Donnacha O'Brien can fulfil a dream in landing a first jockeys championship later this season, Conclusion will have played his part.

At Limerick just under a fortnight ago in the hands of O'Brien, Conclusion belatedly opened his account in a maiden over a mile and he steps up again to nine furlongs tonight, where he is in receipt of weight from his three rivals and looks to be the horse they have to beat.

Conclusion is only to carry 8st11lbs but O'Brien has declared a possible 2lbs overweight, which is still a testament to his commitment to this profession given his size and he'll be keen to make the hard work before racing today worthwhile.


O'Brien could also be among the winners for his older brother, Joseph, earlier on the card as PROUD AND ELATED looks the pick on all known form in the Median Auction Maiden.

Racing also begins with another Auction Maiden over the minimum trip for horses who cost €60,000 or less, and RANGEFIELD EXPRESS looks worth sticking with here.

Michael O'Callaghan's charge only ran at Down Royal on Saturday and looked a winner there for a stage before being collared by Kafu late on, but despite the quick turnaround this looks a good opportunity.

In the handicaps on the card, TIME STANDS STILL is worth another chance in the Racing Again @ TipperaryRaces July 5th Handicap. Time Stands Still was a big priced winner at Naas 10 days ago and just failed to back that up at Gowran Park on Sunday by winning again, but this is his level and the long trip down from Tyrone can be worth it for trainer Andy Oliver if the four-year-old can edge this.

CRACKING NAME is a recent winner for Royal Ascot-winning trainer David Marnane and she can make her mark again and defy a 7lbs rise in the weights in the finale under Wayne Lordan.

The step up in trip last time looked to be a big help to her and she could just be an improver who only has five other fillies to beat tonight to make it two on the bounce for the Cracking Name Syndicate.

Tipperary today

5.50 Rangefield Express

6.20 Court Queen

6.50 Departures

7.25 Proud And Elated

8.00 Time Stands Still

8.30 Conclusion

9.00 Cracking Name

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