We’re truly into the winter now as November has come around, and we’re heading up north to Down Royal with 7 horses for what we hope will be a great day of racing.
We kick things off by taking the covers off FURY ROAD in the CBRE Property Experts Maiden Hurdle. He was a winner of a bumper but more importantly he won his point to point. We hope he can translate that performance to his first jumps race under rules. Keith Donoghue will ride.
For the next race we have something we hope is a little bit special. DAYLIGHT KATIE runs in the Lough Construction EBF Mares Novices Hurdle, Grade 3. We’ve thought a lot of her for a while and her performance last time out proved us right. This is a different sort of race altogether and we hope she is as classy as she has shown us. Davy Russell will be riding.
Onto the feature of the day, the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle, where we send forward COEUR SUBLIME a real Grade 1 horse last season. This will be his first run of the new season and he won’t have it all his way, especially with Henry DeBromhead’s mare Honeysuckle lining up. It’s a small field so it looks a nice race to get him started for the year ahead. Davy Russell will ride. Another one who is ready to rock and roll is COKO BEACH who was an 8L winner on his seasonal reappearance and will have Keith Donoghue on board.
We have a break of a race before the Advanced NI Scaffolding Beginners Chase, where we take the covers off one of our best known horses, SAMCRO. A line can be put through last season as he was never quite himself. He takes his first leap over fences and has done very well for his summer holiday. Keith Donoghue will take the ride. DORTMUND PARK will also take his chance as we think chasing will be more his game. Mark Enright will have the ride.
The Ladbrokes Handicap Chase is next, where we have two runners: GLOBAL JACKPOT and MRS LOVETT. Global Jackpot is off a challenging enough mark but has placed on it before and the small field should help, Keith will ride. Mrs Lovett has been given a bit more time after her last run so she can come here fresh. Davy Russell will ride.
Our final runner of the day is PENCILFULLOFLEAD in the Jumping For Joy Racing TV INH Flat Race. This will be his first run and he is fit and ready to go. We have booked Jamie Codd for this son of Shantou in what looks a competitive contest.
We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck.