Uradel can edge out stablemate
Willie Mullins is renowned for seeking out opportunities and it was interesting to see him declare both Low Sun and Uradel for the Thatch Bar And Restaurant Handicap at Bellewstown today.
Mullins runners taking each other on is nothing new but the fact that Low Sun has to carry a top weight of 10st8lbs in a flat race and Uradel has 10st5lbs certainly adds to the intrigue of this pair lining up for a rather modest €20,000 pot in comparison to the €100,000 races they contested at Galway.
The old adage in racing is that you can give weight but you can't give ground so Low Sun and Uradel will try and prove that here and Uradel is given the nod to come out on top.
Jockey bookings might suggest that Low Sun is the stable preference, with Paul Townend riding him and Danny Mullins on Uradel, but in truth, there is probably little between the pair at all.
Mullins is obviously keen to mix it with both on the flat and over jumps. Uradel didn't manage to complete the Galway double when getting brought down over hurdles, having landed the big amateur handicap on the opening day under Aubrey McMahon.
Uradel got a stone of a hike from the handicapper for that win but the manner of his success, coming from last to first, would certainly suggest that he can defy that rise and we'll find out later.
Dividing the Awards And Gifts Handicap over seven furlongs turned Bellewstown into an eight-race card and there's a chance that jockey Rory Cleary could win both divisions of the race.
These 45-65 rated races are tough puzzle to solve any day of the week and while Path Of Silver is a obvious favourite for the first division, a chance is taken on Vitalized at bigger odds.
Damian English trains the six-year-old who has finished without a threat to the winners on her last two starts but she has shown enough to say that she can win off a mark of 46 and she's not to be ignored here from a good draw in stall seven.
Cleary then rides Takeachancejimmy in the second division for Nigel Slevin. It's a quick turnaround for the four-year-old who only ran at the Curragh at the weekend but this looks an easier assignment.
Aidan O'Brien's Madrid in blinkers for the first time is a notable runner in the finale with Donnacha booked.
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