Walsh aiming to help French import Tarla maintain winning ways


RACING:Ruby Walsh skips Punchestown’s Grade One card tomorrow in favour of going to Cork for three rides including a pair of star mares.

Blazing Tempo reverts back to fences in the featured Grade Two Hilly Way Chase but Tarla’s second start over the big obstacles in the Lombardstown Chase will be of particular interest.

The French import has been beaten just once in six starts so far for Willie Mullins when getting bogged down on near unraceable ground at Listowel.

But she looked a very smart recruit to chasing last month at Clonmel when easily beating Our Girl Salley and Avondhu Lady, the pair that fought a fine finish at Fairyhouse last weekend.

Both Blazing Tempo and Realt Dubh have passed up on the John Durkan option in favour of the Hilly Way but Foildubh may foil the pair. Davy Condon’s mount ran as well as could be expected in the Fortria at Navan and this looks a good opportunity for him.

Shamar opens the day for Walsh in the maiden hurdle and there should be a big significant improvement in this former smart flat-performer on his only jumps start to date at Gowran last winter.

Fickle Fortune is also entered in this as well as the opener at Navan today which faces a course inspection at 8am.

The first at Navan looks a particularly hot heat anyway with the hurdling debut of JP McManus’s new purchase Some Article who was impressive when landing the Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown but who will need to be sharp with Un Atout also declared to run.

High-class chaser Roi Du Mee is a ratings eye-catcher in his first hurdles start for over two years today.

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