Very busy weekend ahead with 10 runners at Navan today and 11 at Fairyhouse tomorrow;
2 runners in the first, a Mares Maiden Hurdle; FOLLY DAT was third at Ayr in February and is in great form at home. Cian Collins takes off a valuable 7lb today. WESTINMARE returns looking stronger from a six month break and has been schooling nicely at home. Jack Kennedy rides.
SOUL KALIBER finishing second last time out at Clonmel was a improvement on earlier outings and he looks to have a decent chance here today under Bryan Cooper.
2 in the Handicap Hurdle; BROUGHTONS STAR is back from a short break looking fantastic, Katie O’Farrell claims a useful 7lb which will help things along. CANOVA showed some slight improvement at Downpatrick last weekend and we hope he can continue to improve, Jack Kennedy rides.
OPTIMISED pulled his socks up last time out and we hope he can continue to show improvement. Conor Brassil takes off a welcome 5lb. Also in this 2m6 Handicap Hurdle we have MONASTIC who faces a step back up in trip which we hope could help him along after a string of less than impressive runs. Jack Kennedy is in the saddle.
CREST takes on the Beginners Chase, he ran a blinder at Down Royal on his latest appearance we hope he won’t be far away today under Bryan Cooper.
CECIL CORBETT returns from a well earned break, the dryer the ground gets the better for him. Jack Kennedy rides.
PENNY JANE makes her racecourse debut in the Bumper, we hope for a nice introduction here today with Jamie Codd in the saddle.
A SHIN IMPALA his yard debut, today will be his first attempt over obstacles but he’s been schooling well at home. Jack Kennedy takes the ride.
We have 4 in the Grade 2 Normans Grove Chase; BALL D’ARC (pictured) – Bryan Cooper is very consistent and genuine, he’s won his last three and goes here with a serious chance. TELL US MORE – Davy Russell was disappointing at Cheltenham in the County Hurdle, first time blinkers should help him along today. REALT MOR – Denis O’Regan had been running really well this year but pulled up at Wexford last time out after making a couple of mistakes. THE GAME CHANGER’s last couple of outings have been out of sorts but he’s in with a chance if he can show a return to form.
DELEGATE contests the Beginners Chase, he’s been schooling well at home and looks a picture. Bryan Cooper rides.
BRELADE – Jack Kennedy and CHIRICO VALLIS – Davy Russell both represent us in the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle, Brelade he ran great at Cheltenham and runs well for today’s jockey Jack Kennedy. Chirico Vallis was a reformed character on his latest with a nice win at Navan after running out at the second hurdle at Gowran Park, fingers crossed he’s on his best behavior today.
Again 2 in the next, another Grade 2 Novice Hurdle; MINELLA TILL DAWN – Davy Russell is a lovely big horse who is still quite green, 3rd in a Listed Novice Hurdle over 2m at Naas last time out he goes with a nice chance today. RUNFORDAVE – Jack Kennedy ran well at Cheltenham in the Martin Pipe to finish third behind Champagne Classic and was a winner here back in December.
Last but not least is USURP who been running well enough, he’s doing great at home and came out of Limerick well. Bryan Cooper rides.