Gary O'Brien

    Gary has an each way selection in the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Dawn Run) to be run on the Thursday of Cheltenham, and two selections for Sunday from Naas now online - live on At The Races
  • Sunday 26 February 2017
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Updated 10:09, 11:05

All selections are now online

Time will tell whether FORGE MEADOW is capable of beating some very useful geldings in this afternoon’s Grade 2 feature at Naas, but a good run could set Jessica Harrington’s youngster up for a tilt at the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham next month and the 20/1 with a run for the latter event looks worth worth a nibble. A smart bumper performer last season, landing a valuable sales event at Fairyhouse on her debut before splitting the Willie Mullins-trained pair Augusta Kate and Glen’s Harmony at the Punchestown festival, she was no more than workmanlike on her jumps bow at Wexford in November. However two runs at a higher level since then – particularly her effort in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, where she was very much in contention when broadsided by a faller two out, strongly suggest the daughter of Beneficial is well capable of making her mark at a high level in this discipline. Just a modicum of improvement from her latest runner-up finish would put her in with a chance today but even a top three finish ought to pave the way for a trip to the Cotswolds, where the likely better going should help.

Meanwhile back to today’s action BLAST OF KOEMAN and TOTAL RECALL, both of whom shaped a good deal better than the bare form suggests on their handicap debuts last time, appeal in the 2.50 and 3.20 contests respectively.

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