It’s a very busy start to the weekend as we send 14 horses to Kilbeggan.
Our first runner in Kilbeggan is MONKEYLOU, in the Coola Maiden Hurdle over 2m. He was 4th in a maiden hurdle last time out over the same trip and has had a flat run inbetween. Davy Russell takes the ride.
Next up is SONG OF NAMIBIA in the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Handicap Hurdle. He has had a good rub of the green in his last few national hunt assignments and takes the hit here. He starts as top weight and has Davy Russell in the driving seat.
After a small break we move onto the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Steeple Chase, for which we have 3 runners. Starting off with PRESENT IN COURT who got a bit left behind last time out in a big field. Today’s race looks a better option and hopefully he can bounce back with Davy Russell in the saddle. Next is WESTERN HONOUR who is the mount of Keith Donoghue. He was dreadfully unlucky to exit contention so early on last time out in Perth. Hopefully he can get around safely this time around. Lastly is WESTLAND ROW, who hasn’t quite managed to get his head in front on his recent Chase starts. Denis O’Regan will be getting the ride and can hopefully do the business.
Next we take on the AXA Insurance Midlands National Handicap Steeple Chase for which we will have 8 runners in the 14 runner field. Top weight in proceedings will be MILL QUEST, who is one to show up on the big occasions and try his hardest. He has the skilled hands of Katie O’Farrell, who will also take 5lbs off his back. MEASUREOFMYDREAMS, will need to neaten up his jumping in order to get around here, Keith Donoghue is onboard. BARRA is the mount of Rachael Blackmore, and he hasn’t quite shown his best this year, we’re hoping for an improvement for this run. SWINGBRIDGE was a winner of the Killarney National Handicap Chase two starts ago. The further he goes the better, Denis O’Regan rides. Yard favourite NED STARK is up next. A winner last time out over 3m we hope he can run a good race, Davy Russell rides. CECIL CORBETT is the mount of Luke Dempsey, he beat Full Cry the last time they met, so has good form coming into the race. MONATOMIC will be having his first start over 3m and our stable lad Kevin Brogan takes the ride. Lastly but by no means least is TIMIYAN who will be ridden by Mark Enright, and that rounds up our runners for the Midlands National.
For the last race at Kilbeggan we have one runner, SANTANA PLESSIS. 2nd in his last two starts, Jamie Codd will ride him in the Book Online For Discounts INH Flat Race.
It’s a very busy day and we wish all our horses, jockeys and stable staff the very best of luck and a safe return.