Hat-trick seeking Tigris among Lartigue eight

Sun 20th Sep 2015, 11:00

Tigris River (right)
© Photo Healy Racing

The Lartigue Hurdle is the highlight on the rescheduled final day at Listowel and the improving Tigris River bids for a hat-trick in the valuable handicap.

Aidan O'Brien's charge has won his last two over timber and has been allotted top weight with a mark of 130 for his handicap debut in the two-miler.

He quickened up in fine style to beat a useful rival in Moonmeister in a conditions race at Cork last time and the Montjeu gelding looks open to more improvement over jumps.

Zafayan, who chased home the JP McManus-owned gelding at Galway, reopposes in the four-year-old-only contest.

He recorded a facile win at Killarney last month and connections will be hopeful of making more of an impact on Tigris River now getting 5lb.

McManus also has an unexposed sort in the shape of the Eddie Harty-trained Copy That.

He claimed his maiden hurdle in good style at Tipperary back in June and while it might not have been the strongest event he looks on a nice mark of 109 for his handicap bow now.

The Milan gelding is making only his third career start and there is surely more to come.

There is also a good novice chase up for decision at the replacement meeting and Rock The World looks the one to beat in the two-and-a-half mile contest.

He beat a good field when taking a Grade Three contest at Galway recently and looks to have found a nice opportunity to add to that.

Guitar Pete missed that engagement with a cough and gets his chance to prove himself now.

He registered a workmanlike victory over fences at Kilbeggan last month and connections will be hoping the dual Grade One winning hurdle can improve from that.

The experienced Ravished bids to bounce back after a disappointing effort when pulled up in the Kerry National on Wednesday.

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