The Irish SmartPlays team heads to Down Royal for today's three selections...
Granted a clear round here, however, Defence Of Duress should have more than enough to see off tonight's rivals...
Defence Of Duress may have failed to meet expectations last time but he looks worth another chance in the opening 16:40 contest. A fair handicapper on the Flat for Tom Tate, the Motivator gelding was unfortunate not to score on his second start in this sphere when falling at the last at Wexford in June. Granted a clear round here, however, he should have more than enough to see off tonight's rivals.
In the next race on the card, the 17:10, Landenstown Lady is fancied to complete a quick-fire double. Another who was unfortunate not to break her duck over timber when falling at the last on her C&D debut this time last year (two-lengths clear at the time), she was last seen when finishing seventh in a listed mares' hurdle at Punchestown in October for John Halley. Given a break and having changed stables since, she looks capable of making a winning return.
Finally, Distant Memories can give Slippers Madden and Tom Taffe victory in the feature 18:10 Tayto Group Hurdle over two miles. Carrying the same, famous Fitri Hay colours as Defence Of Duress, this one also shares a previous Flat connection to Tom Tate, where he was capable of smart form. Duly translating that to hurdles when making a winning start at Limerick on debut, he has done little wrong since and ought to be in the shake-up come the final flight.
back Defence Of Duressin the 16:40
back Landenstown Lady in the 17:10
back Distant Memoriesin the 18:10