Timeform identify the best bets at Kilbeggan on Friday…

“…he will go close if running to a similar level…”

Timeform on Metal Man

Metal Man – 17:20 Kilbeggan

Metal Man appeared not to get home on his first attempt at three miles at Gowran Park in July, but he proved his stamina in no uncertain terms when producing a much-improved effort in a handicap hurdle at Bellewstown last time, finding only a last-time-out winner too strong. That form is just about the best on offer and he will go close if running to a similar level. Trainer Gordon Elliott’s other runner, Soldiers Hill, could provide the main threat.

Form: U05817-72

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
25/08/20 Bellewstown 2/10 Hurdle 3m Heavy B 10st 13lbs L. P. Dempsey 44
20/07/20 Gowran Park 7/13 Hurdle 3m 100y Good B 10st 11lbs L. P. Dempsey 51.28
02/07/20 Bellewstown 7/12 Flat 1m 6f Good 10st 1lbs Declan McDonogh 12.11
23/06/20 Navan 6/15 Flat 1m 5f Gd/sft 9st 8lbs Declan McDonogh 16.44
17/03/20 Down Royal 7/10 Hurdle 2m 3f 105y Heavy 10st 7lbs Denis O’Regan 19
03/03/20 Navan 1/10 Hurdle 2m Heavy 11st 7lbs Davy Russell 9.8
15/02/20 Gowran Park 8/14 Hurdle 2m Heavy 11st 7lbs Keith Donoghue 42
10/01/20 Thurles 5/11 Hurdle 2m Gd/sft 11st 7lbs Jordan Williams 55
31/12/19 Punchestown 10/20 Hurdle 2m Gd/sft 11st 0lbs M. A. Enright 100
27/12/19 Leopardstown -/22 Hurdle 2m Soft 11st 0lbs J. S. McGarvey 100
10/10/19 Thurles 8/14 Flat 1m 4f 50y Soft 0 9st 9lbs R. P. Whelan 25
04/07/19 Bellewstown 9/11 Flat 1m 6f Good 0 9st 5lbs N. G. McCullagh 27.83
15/06/19 Limerick 7/15 Flat 1m 3f 110y Good 0 9st 5lbs R. P. Whelan 35.94
19/12/18 Dundalk 5/7 Flat 1m Std 9st 2lbs N. G. McCullagh 29.58

Walk Me Home – 17:50 Kilbeggan

The lightly raced Walk Me Home showed much improved form when fitted with cheekpieces and stepped up in trip at Wexford last month, getting off the mark at the second time of asking in handicap company. She impressed with how smoothly she travelled, and she was well on top at the finish, looking a mare to follow at this lowly level. She has been hit with a 13 lb rise in the weights but still looks on a fair mark and is completely unexposed as a stayer.

Form: 0000-1

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
05/08/20 Wexford 1/9 Hurdle 3m Soft 0 11st 10lbs J. S. McGarvey 15.48
22/02/20 Fairyhouse 15/21 Hurdle 2m 4f Heavy 11st 0lbs L. P. Dempsey 127.78
25/01/20 Fairyhouse 21/25 Hurdle 2m Soft 11st 3lbs Niall Madden 1000
09/01/20 Clonmel 12/16 Hurdle 2m 197y Heavy 10st 11lbs J. S. McGarvey 139.03
16/12/19 Naas 12/21 Hurdle 2m Soft 11st 4lbs M. P. Walsh 53.65

High Sparrow – 18:50 Kilbeggan

High Sparrow had previously been held back by jumping errors over fences, but he was able to capitalise on his much lower chase mark over course and distance last month, justifying strong support to run out a ready winner. He has gone up 12 lb, but still looks fairly treated based on what he has achieved over hurdles, and he should go close if putting in a decent round of jumping. The excellent form of the Joseph O’Brien yard is another factor in his favour.

Form: 6P1S556-1

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
21/08/20 Kilbeggan 1/12 Chase 3m 1f Soft 0 10st 9lbs J. J. Slevin 4.52
19/02/20 Punchestown 6/16 Hurdle 3m Heavy B 10st 6lbs C. P. McNamara 5.3
02/02/20 Leopardstown 5/28 Hurdle 3m Soft B 10st 8lbs M. P. Burke 29.97
28/12/19 Leopardstown 5/25 Hurdle 3m Soft B 10st 8lbs Oakley Brown 26
14/11/19 Clonmel -/11 Hurdle 3m Heavy B 11st 4lbs J. J. Slevin 6.22
31/10/19 Clonmel 1/8 Hurdle 3m Soft B 11st 10lbs J. J. Slevin 6
05/10/19 Gowran Park -/9 Chase 3m 1f Heavy 0 10st 9lbs J. J. Slevin 4.3
16/09/19 Galway 6/14 Chase 2m 2f 54y Soft 11st 12lbs J. J. Slevin 5
22/08/19 Killarney 3/7 Chase 2m 6f 180y Soft 11st 12lbs J. J. Slevin 7.69
01/08/19 Galway 5/7 Chase 2m 6f 111y Good 11st 12lbs Donagh Meyler 8
28/12/18 Leopardstown 7/23 Hurdle 3m Good z 10st 6lbs E. T. Daly 14.26
25/11/18 Navan 7/13 Hurdle 2m 6f 120y Gd/sft z 10st 7lbs J. J. Slevin 4.3
28/10/18 Galway 4/19 Hurdle 2m 5f 203y Soft z 11st 7lbs J. J. Slevin 4.1
15/09/18 Listowel 3/14 Hurdle 2m 4f Soft 11st 6lbs Shane Shortall 9.01
17/04/18 Fairyhouse 3/13 Hurdle 3m Soft 10st 11lbs Mr T. Hamilton 35.43
20/03/18 Clonmel 2/5 Hurdle 2m 6f Heavy 11st 3lbs J. J. Slevin 11
11/02/18 Punchestown 1/9 Hurdle 2m 4f Heavy 11st 10lbs J. J. Slevin 2.68
28/12/17 Limerick 1/8 Bumper 2m Heavy 11st 11lbs Mr T. Hamilton 2.68

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