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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Cleary confident Nightly Wailing is set to improve for Dundalk win

Trainer Tom Cleary (left) expects a big run from Nightly Wailing
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Wailing out to follow up Dundalk victory

Nightly Wailing caused a 25-1 shock when returning from a 126-day break to score at Dundalk last month, and trainer Tom Cleary says better is to come from his four-year-old in the 1m4f handicap (7.10) as he has managed to get rid of his belly!

The ex-Jim Bolger-trained colt went 13 runs without registering a win but ended that drought in quite taking fashion at Dundalk when storming home to deny Hediddodinthe, who won his next start by 18 lengths at Newcastle. 

Nightly Wailing runs off an 8lb higher mark this time but Cleary 
believes you will see an improved effort.

Cleary said: "He's in top form. He won at Dundalk but, to be honest with you, he was carrying a bit of a belly that day. You could see the belly on him in the parade ring before the race so we thought he'd come on for the run. 

"It was great that he went out and won but he has improved for it and he's in great form at home. Hopefully he'll handle the ground and I'm expecting a good run from him."

Mullins set for another double

Seven of Willie Mullins' last 13 runners have won so it is safe to say that the champion trainer has started the new season in style.

Mullins struck with two seriously short-priced favourites at Sligo on Sunday before Causey Arch completed a treble for him on the card, and he sends two runners to Roscommon on Tuesday – both of which are likely to be warm orders.

Screaming Rose: will be a warm order for Willie Mullins in the finale

Small Farm stepped on his tame racecourse debut for Mullins at Wexford to take second at Limerick on his most recent start and the son of Westerner should take some stopping for Patrick Mullins in the 2m4f bumper (7.40). 

An hour later Mullins runs Screaming Rose, who was rated 130 over hurdles and will be fancied to open her account over fences at the third time of asking in the 2m5f beginners chase (8.40) in the hands of David Mullins. 

Boy expected to repay some of price tag

Burgundy Boy, a son of Red Jazz who was snapped up for €260,000 from the Sheila Lavery stable at the Goffs Champion Sale during Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown last September, makes his second start for Dermot Weld in the opening 1m2f median action race (5.40). 

The three-year-old didn't make the best of starts for his new stable when finishing last of four behind Nelson in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month, but he is swimming in shallower waters this time and returns to the scene of his maiden win. 


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He's in top form. He won in Dundalk but, to be honest with you, he was carrying a bit of a belly that day
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