/ Racing

Downpatrick preview

Updated: Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 15:02 | Comments

Pineau De Re runs in the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National
Pineau De Re runs in the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National

Pineau De Re lines up for the feature Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick following his narrow second in a valuable race at Leopardstown last time.

He looks an obvious player again, but a competitive line-up has been assembled with recent Down Royal winner Seriatim and the lightly raced Carrigeen Lechuga both making appeal, along with Mister Philson, a promising second on his return to Rules at Carlisle last month.

On a decent card, Shrapnel bids to continue the fine recent form of the Gordon Elliott stable in the Toals Bookmakers Dial-A-Bet 90321721 Hurdle, and the recent Naas runner-up has less to prove than Rattan, who is bidding to leave behind some moderate recent displays.

In the same race, Sydney Des Pictons returns for his first start in 799 days and is an interesting runner given how promising he looked when making a winning hurdling debut at Navan.

Racing begins at 3.35 with the Bet At Toals Bookmakers On-Course SP Shop Maiden Hurdle. Faanan Aldaar looks to hold strong claims having gone desperately close to opening her account over this course and distance recently, although the likes of Best Value and Un Beau Roman should provide stiff opposition.

The Visit Toals.co.uk Handicap Hurdle doesn't look much of a race and Paddy O Dee has only been raised 6lb for his impressive recent course and distance success. He could prove hard to beat given his liking for this time of the year.

The concluding bumper, the Toals Bookmakers Bet On Irish Lotto Flat Race, sees the Willie Mullins and Noel Meade stables go head-to-head with Bally Longford and Couleur France.

The latter has been placed in both his starts so far and should be capable of winning races, but the former ran really well when a close-up third here last month and just looks the stronger animal at this point.

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use
Live!