She's Our Mare out for revenge
Meath trainer Tony Martin's ability to place his horses has been highlighted in the last number of months by some successful visits to Britain but the consistent She's Our Mare can emphasise his domestic prowess with a win in today's £20,000 Smithwicks Handicap Hurdle.
The five-year-old is a decent operator on the flat and over jumps and off only 9st 10lb could have too much finishing boot for the classy Quinze, the GPT winner Shantarini and the Armagh trained Cairncross.
The latter won a similarly titled race to today's at the Listowel festival when overcoming doubts about the trip to beat The Bongo Man by three lengths with Gan Saru third and Penny Native back in ninth.
As they were passing the post, She's Our Mare was picking herself up off the ground having fallen at the last. That had completed an unfortunate couple of furlongs for the horse. At her best when arriving late on the scene, She's Our Mare was badly hampered on the turn in but still was running on well when crashing at the final obstacle.
With a clear run today, She's Our Mare must have a decent chance of getting her revenge for Listowel and judged by an impressive Leopardstown flat win, the later David Casey leaves his challenge, the better.
Casey should have a more straightforward task in the Beginners Chase where Amberleigh House can improve enough from his chasing debut to win. Michael Hourigan's horse was a distant runner up to His Song at Tipperary but jumped well and looks one to follow.
Catch The Dragon made an encouraging belated seasonal debut behind Almerina at Fairyhouse and looks one to follow up on Liam Browne's current good form in the seven furlong maiden while the Listowel winner Okay Ocee is the selection in the bumper with Philip Fenton on board.
Another horse that appeared unlucky at Listowel was Regency Rake behind Storm Gem and Rathbawn Prince but the six-year-old could be a rare flat winner for Arthur Moore in the 12 furlong handicap.