Mrs Lovett to cruise at Kilbeggan
The countdown to the big summer meeting at Galway is well and truly on and with just seven weeks to go to Ballybrit, Kilbeggan this evening stage the Galway Races Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase.
Maybe with a sign of things to come, JP McManus has a quarter of the field with recent Listowel winner Nearly Nama'd the pick of them.
However, Gordon Elliott, who has Royal Ascot runners tomorrow to look forward, may well land the feature race with MRS LOVETT (8.30, Kilbeggan).
Denis O'Regan has become part of Elliott's team of jockeys in recent seasons and with Davy Russell and Jack Kennedy both failing to make it through the weekend at Downpatrick, O'Regan keeps the ride on the talented mare who was last seen when fourth in the Mayo National.
Mrs Lovett was fourth to Peregrine Run on that occasion and that winner has since come out and won again since for Peter Fahey and Mrs Lovett might well be able to book her place at Galway here this evening.
Rachael Blackmore got back among the winners yesterday at Downpatrick and afterwards admitted that it was tough sitting on the sidelines for the last month.
Blackmore will be hoping to continue building up some summer momentum and JUDGEMENT DAY (6.30, Kilbeggan) looks a solid choice in the Kilbegganraces On Snapchat Novice Hurdle.
This looks a decent three miler with Killarney winner Doctor Duffy and Thursday's Leopardstown runner-up Jerandme in the mix too but Judgement Day has earned a rating of 125 and looks up to fending off all challengers here.
Blackmore put up a stern challenge to Paul Townend last season in the jockey championship but Townend held on and looks to have a couple of good chances here.
For his boss, Willie Mullins, Townend rides BRAHMA BULL (8.00, Kilbeggan) in the Carmel Fay Memorial Novice Chase and while jumping has been a question mark for him, he is a cut above his rivals.
Just prior to that, Townend can land the Midlands National Day July 19th Handicap Hurdle on KILDORRERY (7.30, Kilbeggan) for Ted Walsh who sends the six-year-old back over the smaller obstacles.
6.30 Judgement Day
8.00 Brahma Bull
8.30 Mrs Lovett
9.00 Global Society