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Saol Iontach

The handicapper has taken no chances with this mare and she’s found life tough off a mark of 101. Back down in maiden company, she has an opportunity to strike here in what looks like a very winnable race after a decent third last time out. Gordon Elliott’s Westcoast represents the main danger but might possibly want further.

Trees Valley

Trees Valley can land the hat-trick here after hitting a rich vein of form. She barely broke a sweat at Tramore last time out, winning from the front by ten lengths. 10lb for that victory is a decent hike in the weights, but if she gets her way out in front, she could be hard to peg back. At a bigger price, All The Angels was eased back into proceedings at Kilbeggan and will improve for that run.


Famous Escape looked like a potential winner here turning for home last month. That was until Brogine swooped past her like a decent looking horse. This ten-year-old loves it at Ballinrobe, with a record of three wins from five starts and you can expect her to be there or thereabouts again. Morga will benefit from the step up in trip.

Fly De Megaudis

Fly De Megaudis is interesting stepping up to 2m6f for the first time. He’s looked a bit one-paced in the closing stages over a slightly shorter trip this season, so the extra couple of furlongs could play to his advantage. The race got away from Warready last time, but he’s possibly the main danger here.


Charles Byrnes’ Thosedaysaregone should be too good for these on his first start over fences. Third in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham, he’s had a few runs on the level since, but it will always be over the obstacles where we’ll see the best of this one. Livelovelaugh ran well for a long time in the Galway Plate, but that would have been his main target and he’s a difficult one to catch right.

Peaches And Cream

We’re siding with Gavin Cromwell’s Peaches And Cream. While this is a big ask for a horse with only three starts over fences, he showed enough last time to suggest an opening chase mark of 128, which is 3lb lower than his hurdles rating is workable. Mindsmadeup has had a few of these behind before and looks dangerous with Robbie Power on board.


This looks like a good opportunity for Gordon Elliott’s Aforementioned to get off the mark over fences. A winner over a 2m hurdle and has previously finished just four lengths behind Stayers’ Hurdle second Ronald Pump, this is now his fifth chase start. He’s still only seven, so there may be more to come from this Gigginstown gelding.

About Ballinrobe Racecourse

The only racecourse in County Mayo, Ballinrobe is home to both flat and national hunt racing from May to September. A short, downhill run-in of less than a furlong means speedier types are favoured, with precious little time to make up ground from in behind.

Winner of the Best Racecourse in Ireland award back in 2012, the facilities at Ballinrobe are well regarded, with competitive racing and top-notch viewing areas meaning cards are often well supported.

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