HOORAY FOR HENRY; Higgins looks on cue to bag the feature.
Byline: RYAN McELLIGOTT
HENRY HIGGINS can make up for a luckless trip to Punchestown by landing the valuable Ladbrokes Ireland Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.
The feature event on the opening day of the May Festival has attracted a competitive field, where a number of the runners could be given chances.
Henry Higgins stands out as he has long looked like one that could secure a notable handicap success.
Admittedly he will need to improve on the form of his unplaced effort behind Some Article last week.
However, that does not tell the full story as Henry Higgins travelled notably well through the race and looked likely to play a major role. He was then denied a clear run after the second last and the race had soon gone beyond recall.
With better luck in running he should do much better, while form such as his second to Kitten Rock at Naas in November gives him an excellent chance.
Easily one of the most interesting races on the card is the conditions chase, which has attracted the former Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow.
The Nicky Hendersontrained 12-year-old has a 540-day absence to overcome and it could pay to look elsewhere.
Last year's winner Baily Green looks the obvious choice following his superb second to Felix Yonger in a Grade 1 at Punchestown last week. Baily Green had been out of form for most of the season, but that last run indicated he still retains all his old ability.
Provided the ground doesn't ease too much he must have every chance of repeating his win from 12 months ago.
mon f Texas Jack is a formidable rival and it was only two runs ago that he finished fifth in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown, but he faces a stiff task at the weights as he has to concede 7lb to Baily Green.
Leop Champion trainer Willie Mullins (above) looks to have good prospects in several races and his Karalee is selected in the opener. This one is making her Irish debut having finished second in a hurdle race in Vichy on her only previous outing.
Mullins has done very well with similar types in the past and this French import should have the measure of Sophie's World.
The Mullins-trained Whiteout is hard to oppose in the mares hurdle as she looks to make it three wins from four starts over timber.
Another French import, she produced a decent effort to defeat stablemates Uranna and Lyrical Theatre at Punchestown last week.
In the second of the maiden hurdles on the card, it could be worth taking a chance on Beau Et Sublime, while in the bumper, Bobo Mac took fourth on his debut and could take plenty of beating.
HURRICANE HIGGINS: Henry Higgins can bounce back to form
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 10, 2015|
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