Today we have 8 runners spread across two racecourses.
Firstly to our Irish engagements, CATS FOR CASH runs in the opener at Ballinrobe; the Michael Cawe Suspended Cellings Maiden Hurdle. He drops back to 2m1f which can hopefully revive his form. The masterful hands of Davy Russell are on board to help achieve this.
Next up at the evening meeting is THE ABBEY in the 2m1f Mayo News Maiden Hurdle. He wasn’t too far behind proceedings last time out when 4th and was only 2nd the time before that. He carries a nice weight here along with Davy Russell. We’re hoping the pair can continue on an upward trajectory.
We skip a race before moving on to our next runner, SOLDIER AT WAR. This looks like a horse going places as he’s been in the money in all but 1 of his starts. It’s a small field, so there will be no hiding. Davy Russell gets the ride on this one too.
In the next event we have two runners. GRAINEYHILL is our first runner in the John Mulhern Handicap Hurdle. This will be his first run back after a holiday, so he’ll be fresh but may need the run especially since he will be carrying top weight. This will be another rider for Davy Russell. DONA KATHARINA has partnered up with regular dance partner Denis O’Regan for this number. She takes a drop in trip back to a distance she’s more comfortable with.
Finally RIAN THOMAS rounds up our runners at Ballinrobe in the On-Course Vets INH Flat Race. We’ve still a lot to learn about this horse as he’s relatively unexposed. Jamie Codd has been given the ride in order to give the horse every chance possible.
SKEAPING breaks the trend by being one of two runners heading overseas to Southwell. He takes a drop in trip to 1m7f and aims to make the trip a profitable one. Richard Johnson is on board and fingers crossed they can get around safely.
Lastly, CARRIE DES CHAMPS runs in the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over 2m41/2f. She was 2nd by half a length last time out and is a model of consistency. Richard Johnson will be on hand again to help her put in a clear round of jumping.
We wish all our horses, riders and stable staff the best of luck and all a safe return.