It looks like it’s going to be a very cold day out but we have been given the go ahead for racing at Down Royal this morning. We intend on sending 5 runners to post.

Our first of those 5 is DESIRE DE JOIE in the opening maiden hurdle over an extended 2 miles. This horse was greatly improved last time when he came 3rd in a similar event in Tramore. It will be a big field so he will need a bit of luck in running. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.

Next up is GUN MERCHANT in the rated novices hurdle over 2m 3f. He hasn’t been doing too much wrong and has been running very consistently. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.

DIAMOND TURF is our next runner in the rated novices’ chase. This is the smallest field of the day and might be beneficial for this horse. He will also have first time cheek pieces along with a reduction in trip. Davy Russell will ride.

We skip another race and move on to the handicap chase. Here we have FINAL LIST. This horse ran a good race last time to be denied by just over a length with a claimer on board. Eoin O’Connell will get his chance to ride the horse and takes 7lbs off.

Finally we have HAMUNDARSON in the bumper. This horse had a nice debut coming 2nd but he should improve for that here. There’s a few others in the field that have a bit of experience so it might not be as straightforward as it looks on paper. Lisa O’Neill has been booked to ride.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck.