Timyan magic for midlands
Gigginstown are typically well represented at Michael O'Leary's local track this evening for the Midlands National at Kilbeggan but the famous green and gold of JP McManus might take the top honours.
A chance is taken that Timiyan (8.30 Kilbeggan) will get a belated win over fences for Gordon Elliott and Mark Walsh as he steps up in trip to 3m1f for the first time.
The seven-year-old showed encouragement when staying on late at the track over 2m4f last month and on this ground he may just want a further trip now despite the fact that he was able to win off a rating as high as 93 on the Flat when trained by Dermot Weld.
Cases can be made for many of the field and the €50,000 prize won't be easily won but with just 10st5lb on his back, Timiyan could be well treated if coming back to the type of form that saw him start so well with Weld and more recently win off 125 over hurdles.
Willie Mullins welcomed the 2018 Melbourne Cup trophy to his Closutton stable yesterday morning ahead of the 25-year celebration of Vintage Crop's victory in the Straffan Inn this evening and as much as Mullins chases victory in that famous race, he has more modest tasks at hand this evening at Kilbeggan where Robin Des Carlow (5.55 Kilbeggan) and Dreamtide (6.25 Kilbeggan) can give him a quick double.
Robin Des Carlow made a winning debut in a Ballinrobe bumper at the end of May and she should be up to beating a couple of 105-rated rivals in the opening mares maiden hurdle.
Dreamtide is a maiden off the Flat having her first start for Mullins and is a more tentative selection in a trappy maiden hurdle.
It is interesting to see that Henry de Bromhead will have his first runner for Qatar Racing in that same race as Dreamtide as Easter Harbour makes his first start, but he might be one that is best watched on debut.
De Bromhead might be among the winners half an hour later though as Due Reward (6.55 Kilbeggan) is picked to back up his Gowran Park maiden win by scoring on his first try in a handicap.
Rachael Blackmore got a good tune out of the five-year-old last time and is back onboard Due Reward. The runner-up from that Gowran Park race has been a winner since so the form has worked out well and can hopefully get another boost now.
Another potential Gigginstown winner on the card is the Gordon Elliott-trained Barra (8.00 Kilbeggan) who was third in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and kept much better company over hurdles.
This beginners' chase would look well within her grasp if putting in a clear round under Jack Kennedy.
Meanwhile, a field of seven runners have been declared for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh tomorrow.
Aidan O'Brien has left three runners in the fourth Irish Classic of the season and Magic Wand, Forever Together and Bye Bye Baby will face a tough ask from Sea Of Class who travels over for trainer William Haggas.
The field is completed by the Joseph O'Brien-trained Tissiak, Dermot Weld's Romiyna and Mary Tudor for Willie McCreery.
5.55 Robin Des Carlow
6.55 Due Reward
7.25 Brosna George