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Bank on Shot From The Hip firing on ground; JOHNNY WARD TODAY'S BEST BETS IN IRELAND.

JOHNNY WARD TODAY'S BEST BETS IN IRELAND THE most interesting race on what looks a trappy card at Gowran is the opening Mullinavat Novice Hurdle (2.10), in which the Andrew McNamara-ridden Shot From The Hip looks nailed on if he can handle the ground. I am going to put my faith in Edward O'Grady, an excellent trainer, who professes limited concern about today's yielding ground for the seven-year-old. In doing so, we must forgive the son of Monsun's two runs on good going in bumpers last season, in which he bore no resemblance to his previous two bumper starts. However, there will be some juice in the ground today and it seems unlikely that O'Grady would take a chance on a high-class animal handling these conditions, given the relatively modest prize-money on offer. Shot From The Hip ran a fine race in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last time when third to Oscars Well and it is doubtful whether any other runner has the selection's hurdling ability. Sir Vincent won an egg-and-spoon race at Tramore last time, Canaly accounted for a horse barely worth his mark of 117 and Joe Smooth is held by the selection on a solid line through Hidden Universe. Everything depends on whether Shot From The Hip will cope with conditions. The Family Day at Gowran Park - Sunday April 17th Maiden Hurdle (3.45) is notable in that the leading players have all had plenty of Today's bets Shot From The Hip 2.10 Gowran 1pt win Cootamundra 3.45 Gowran 1pt win Bank on Shot From The Hip firing on ground attempts at winning over hurdles without success, and a chance is taken on the strong-travelling Cootamundra. The eight-year-old had today's rival Glenlo Abbey back in fifth when finishing second at Navan in January. The winner, Raz De Maree, has developed into a likeable handicapper and can expect a new rating of more than 130 after Thursday's snug victory at Cork. Cootamundra should go well over today's distance on the ground and, although he can be accused of being a soft finisher, his form gives him every chance at a decent price. Andrew McNamara: rides Shot From The Hip in the opener

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2011
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