1.10 Dermot Casey Tree Care Maiden Hurdle 2m

Tranquil Sea showed enough on his first two starts over hurdles to suggest he can go in here at the third time of asking.

The Paul Nolan-trained gelding ran as well as could have been expected when runner-up to a long odds-on chance last time, while his previous second was well franked with the race winner going close at Cheltenham.

Newcomer Park That could prove the best of the opposition. Enda Bolger has struck with similar types in the past and any market support for the J.P. McManus-owned four-year-old should be noted.


Next best: Park That

1.45 Bar One Racing Hurdle 2m

Despite almost certainly needing further at this stage of his career, Sir Gerhard should have the natural ability to cope with this drop to the minimum trip. Lightly raced in recent seasons, the nine-year-old availed of a similar opportunity to this when successful at Punchestown just after Christmas. It would be no surprise to see Paul Townend make all the running to ensure a proper stamina test.

Call Me Lyreen looks best placed to take advantage if the likely favourite underperforms for any reason. The Gordon Elliott-trained gelding ran better than his finishing position indicated when staying on nicely in a listed handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last month.


Next best: Call Me Lyreen

2.20 O’Flynn Motors Mallow Mares Maiden Hurdle 2m3f

Cast A Spell would be a popular winner for veteran trainer Tom Hogan. Formerly trained in Britain, the six-year-old put up a big performance last time when fourth in a listed hurdle at Thurles. Prior to that run, the former bumper winner had also shaped well at that same track when occupying a similar position in a mares’ maiden.

Point-to-point winner Jokers ‘N’ Clowns blotted her copybook when refusing to race on her rules debut but redeemed herself when runner-up at Gowran Park earlier this month. If once again consenting to race, the Gavin Cromwell-trained mare rates a serious threat.


Next best: Jokers ‘N’ Clowns

2.55 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase 2m160y

Now Is The Hour has the potential to develop into a leading novice chaser, so it is intriguing that connections make the switch from hurdling so late in the season. A hugely impressive winner of a Grade 2 hurdle at Haydock last month, the seven-year-old could easily have taken in one of the graded races at Aintree or Punchestown. A former point-to-point winner, he has already proven his ability to jump fences.

Former Coral Cup runner-up An Epic Song rates a worthy opponent. The Martin Brassil-trained gelding shaped well enough behind a future Cheltenham winner when fifth on his chasing debut at Punchestown in November.


Next best: An Epic Song

3.30 Bar One Racing Chase (Grade 3) 3m

Having contested Grade 1 races on each of his last five starts, the Willie Mullins-trained Asterion Forlonge can make the most of this easier opportunity.

A creditable sixth in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this month, the grey can resume winning ways at the expense of his only rival in this poorly contested event.

Lucid Dreams has plenty to do at these weights but the John Ryan-trained nine-year-old is a tough, honest front-runner who won’t go down easily. Paul Townend should be able to stalk the gelding on Asterion Forlonge before pouncing late but any chinks in the latter’s armour will be punished.


Next best: Lucid Dreams

4.05 Bar One Racing Easter Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m3f

Da Capo Glory can record a second course win for local trainer Padraig Butler.

Successful here back in January, the seven-year-old went on to finish third in a Grade 2 Hurdle at Navan on his next start. A very commendable seventh in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham earlier this month, the Fame And Glory gelding should take beating here providing he is fully recovered from those exertions.

Although not the force of old, Ashdale Bob has to be respected under his promising claiming jockey. A dual Grade 2 winner earlier in his career, the nine-year-old has something to find with Da Capo Glory on earlier Navan running but arrives here a fresher horse having skipped Cheltenham.


Next best: Ashdale Bob

4.40 Mallow Commercials CVRT Test Centre Handicap Hurdle 3m80y

Lovely Reaction has a 9lb rise to overcome for her recent Leopardstown win but may still be ahead of the handicapper.

The Tom Mullins-trained mare travelled easily throughout that aforementioned race and stayed on strongly from the final flight to pull right away from her rivals. The six-year-old is relatively lightly raced for her age so could well have further scope for improvement.

Duffys Getaway has disappointed on his last two starts but as a result, he now finds himself back on the same mark (taking riders claim into account) off which he went close at Fairyhouse in January.

If his jumping holds up then the Philip Rothwell-trained gelding should be involved in the finish.


Next best: Duffys Getaway

5.15 Woodlands House Hotel Adare(Pro/Am) INH Flat Race 2m3f

With those that have already run appearing somewhat vulnerable to a newcomer, it may pay to concentrate on the debutants. Of those, the Willie Mullins-trained Jackson Wood is the obvious starting point.

Out of a smart dual purpose sire who won over a mile and 10 furlongs on the flat in France, the five-year-old could have too much speed for some of the more stoutly bred National Hunt horses.

Famous Sonnet, a half-brother to his trainer’s three-time Grade 2 winner Blazing Khal, has to be of interest for Charles Byrnes. The fact the latter horse took five attempts to win his bumper may suggest the family need time but a market check is advised.


Next best: Famous Sonnet