Through The Card: Wexford, Sunday 17 March
Timeform take you through the card at Wexford on Sunday...
"...proved at least as good as ever to get back to winning ways when last seen at Limerick in December..."
Timeform on Westerner Point
13:45 - CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2) was ultimately disappointing last time, but he is very much the one to beat based on his improved effort at Gowran previously. The Last Emperor was of a similar level of ability on the Flat and needs taking seriously on debut in this sphere. Several of the newcomers need a market check, none more so than Fiveallin, who ticks plenty of the right boxes on paper.
14:20 - With the form of his latest effort working out very well, AN FRAOCH MOR (1) should prove too good for these. Indeed, he was fourth behind subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner City Island at Naas last month, and the third in that race also franked the form when scoring next time. Darver Star is clear next best in terms of hurdles exploits but Tapenade, who showed ability in bumpers, is feared most.
14:55 - CLAREGATE STREET (2) stepped up on her maiden hurdle form when going close on handicap debut in this sphere at Clonmel recently. She probably has more to offer as a hurdler and, providing the forecast slower ground doesn't prove to be an issue, may well go one better here. Viscount Wilson also raised his game when hitting the crossbar last time out and is next best ahead of Western Sea.
15:30 - BRAVE OUT (2) is 6 lb higher than when bagging this prize 12 months ago, but he warmed up for a repeat bid with a solid effort at Gowran and is taken to strike again with conditions in his favour. With The Mulcare Rover and Peace N' Milan both arriving here on the back of low-key efforts, the selection may have most to fear from Fiveaftermidnight, who performed with credit in a novice here last time.
16:00 - WESTERNER POINT (2) proved at least as good as ever to get back to winning ways when last seen at Limerick in December, edging ahead at the last and keeping on gamely thereafter to win by two and a half lengths from Kylecrue. Admittedly, Eoghan O'Grady's charge has a career-high mark to contend with from 7 lb higher here, but he has fully earned it, so dominant was he in victory last time, and there is no reason why he shouldn't give another good account, back at a venue that has been kind to him on his previous visits (won two of three starts at Wexford, over both hurdles and fences).
16:35 - The hat-trick beckons for DYLROW (2), who left his previous chase form well behind when landing a Fairyhouse maiden in January. He followed up in a handicap there later that month and a 7 lb rise is tolerable, particularly given that he remains open to improvement over fences. Lean And Keen's jumping hasn't always been his greatest asset but he ran well last time and is feared most ahead of Reach Up.
17:10 - Runner-up on his sole outing in points, ONTHEROPES (9) failed to meet market expectations when well held on his Rules debut at Fairyhouse in January, quickly left behind by the principals in the straight (not persevered with once held). Nevertheless, the fact that he was sent off at such a short price on that occasion suggests that he is clearly thought capable of better, and with the Willie Mullins yard in much better form than it was then, it would be no surprise if we saw a different horse this time round, especially if the market again speaks in his favour beforehand.
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13:45 - 2
14:20 - 1
14:55 - 2
15:30 - 2
16:00 - 2
16:35 - 2