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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Judgement Day awaits rivals at Roscommon as Galway looms

High rating: Judgement Day ridden by Rachael Blackmore winning at Punchestown last November
High rating: Judgement Day ridden by Rachael Blackmore winning at Punchestown last November

After an all Flat fixture last night, Roscommon plays host to an all National Hunt card this evening.

The Connolly's Red Mills Rated Novice Hurdle is the most valuable event down for decision at the Connacht venue.

JUDGEMENT DAY (7.30, Roscommon) and The Red Menace are the highest rated runners on this card and it's the former who is picked to win.

More will be needed by the Henry de Bromhead-trained runner who won at Kilbeggan back in May and hasn't been seen since but it is interesting to see connections persisting back over hurdles after the seven-year-old racked up four novice chase victories last season.

The thinking could be a Galway Plate tilt for Judgement Day and de Bromhead has opted to preserve his chase rating for that assignment so maybe this hurdle outing could prove the perfect stepping stone ahead of that valuable assignment in a few weeks.

Rachael Blackmore is back on Judgement Day for this run.

The card begins with a couple of chases and EOLINE JOLIE (6.00, Roscommon) could be nothing more than a tentative vote.

It would be difficult to say that her Irish runs have seen Eoline Jolie earn a rating of 120 over hurdles but Willie Mullins sends her out for a chasing debut this evening and it would be expected that she'll have the class to win what looks a modest contest.

Cases could be made for many in the following Abbey Hotel Roscommon Handicap Chase but LITTLE HAARTH (6.30, Roscommon) is the first of a few runners on the card that could win on a quick reappearance.

Little Haarth is without a win over fences and three years without success overall, but in fairness to the nine-year-old he just looks a model of consistency of late and therefore might collar the recent winner Treasure Chest. Little Haarth was third at Wexford on Friday.

Two others to have ran within the last week are IAMASTARTOO (8.00, Roscommon) and HUMPS AND BUMPS (8.30, Roscommon).

Iamastartoo is another that ran at Wexford. Noel Meade's charge was second to Perfect Leader and certainly comes with a sporting chance again in a race that has produced just six winners on the track in total.

Davy Russell takes over from an inexperienced rider on HUMPS AND BUMPS (8.30, Roscommon) who ran well enough at Tipperary last Thursday so suggest she can win a race at this level.

Maxine O'Sullivan is a positive booking for Noel Meade's CAER (9.00, Roscommon) in the concluding bumper.

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