Review Tipperary 20th Apr

Thu 20th Apr 2017, 20:40

Tandem defied a 434-day layoff to claim the scalp of Motherland in the Race.< Motherland was also returning from a break, having last appeared in public when turning a Galway Festival handicap into a procession in the style of a potential Group performer.

He made his own running and appeared to see off all challengers, only for Leigh Roche to slip up his inside on Dermot Weld'sp>Tandem (20-1), who saw out the mile and a half well to prevail by a length.

Alluringly (9-4) made an impressive start to her three-year-old campaign in the Tipperary Races Fillies Maiden.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock was beaten in a couple of maidens last autumn but has clearly improved over the winter and swept past favourite Dabulena to register a four-and-three-quarter-length verdict.

O'Brien reached for the cheekpieces for Venice Beach and it helped him break his duck in the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Races Maiden.

The Galileo colt was a fair third on his return to action at Leopardstown but stepped forward significantly now upped to a mile and a half, storming down the straight to beat Clongowes by five and a half lengths as the even-money favourite.

There was also jumping action, and Willie and Patrick Mullins combined to land the Point To Point Evening 11th May Maiden Hurdle with Robin Des Foret.

The 5-4 favourite went clear with Leomar some way out but had much more in reserve and scored by six and a half lengths.

Ask David (20-1) returned from a break in the Buy Online At Handicap Hurdle and it has done him the world of good because he produced a career-best performance to beat Ted Bach by a length and a half.

Lyreen Lad (4-1) stayed on best in the Follow TipperaryRaces On Twitter Maiden Hurdle, while Just Call Me swooped to land the Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.