Thursday 5 December 2019

Focus on Imaging to fit frame at Tipp

Maiden winner Askerana is going straight into handicap company
Maiden winner Askerana is going straight into handicap company

The card at Tipperary tomorrow is billed as 'Super Sunday' and is one of the better dual purpose fixtures of the year.

Most of the attention within the Flat racing world will be on Longchamp where Enable is bidding to create history but more locally the Coolmore Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes throws up a good opportunity for some.

Oisín Orr will partner the talented, but lightly raced IMAGING (2.30, Tipperary) and the Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old appears to be the standard setter on this occasion.

It is often a surprise that more English-based trainers don't plot a way to these valuable races, but Ed Vaughan's Dubai Dominion is the only overseas raider here but very much attracts a second look.

That said, Imaging is a horse that seems to be curtailed by some minor issues and at his best he could be a cut above his 11 rivals tomorrow afternoon.

Weld has a chance of notching up a brace at the Munster track as maiden winner ASKERANA (2.00, Tipperary) goes straight into a handicap.

The three-year-old daughter of Pivotal got through testing conditions to win at Roscommon first time out and Weld has opted to try and exploit a lenient-looking rating of 77 with Chris Hayes riding the light weight for the master of Rosewell House.

Aidan O'Brien's concentrations are focused very much on France as well, but he does run some well-bred types in the opening maiden in which DAWN PATROL (1.30, Tipperary) is the pick with Seamie Heffernan booked to ride.

Over jumps tomorrow John Joe Walsh will send out his stable star DAVIDS CHARM (3.00, Tippeary) in the hope that he can rack up a hat-trick and account for Ballyoisin once again.

Ballyoisin wasn't able to get the better of Davids Charm in a handicap off more favourable terms than tomorrow's Grade Three so it is expected that the talented Davids Charm will uphold the form.

Listowel native Kevin Brouder has enjoyed a fine season and has built up a successful relationship with Charles Byrnes this term.

TURNPIKE TRIP (3.30, Tipperary) may be the biggest winner yet for that partnership if the decent-looking novice can take this step up in grade in his stride.

The five-year-old impressed when winning at Listowel and looks the pick of the seven runners here.

A tentative choice in the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase goes to MOON OVER GERMANY (4.35, Tipperary) who can score again for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore.

This eight-year-old has racked up some nice wins since returning from injury and while he may not reach the heights of Presenting Percy, he can carry the colours of owner Philip Reynolds to some nice races over the coming months and this looks like another nice pot that is within his grasp.


1.30 Dawn Patrol

2.00 ASkerana

2.30 Imaging

3.00 Davids Charm

3.30 Turnpike Trip

4.00 WAit Here

4.35 Moon Over Germany

5.10 Escaria Ten

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