We head to Downpatrick and Killarney today.
We have two representatives in the first race of the day, the Plus2Print Remembering Tony Oakes MBE Hurdle. BUDDY RICH and BENBULBEN BOY were both victorious on their last runs and both hold strong claims today.
We are also double handed in the second race of the day, the Toals Bookmakers Mares Maiden Hurdle. CUTE CHERRY and FLYING GLORY will both have to run career bests if they are to feature in todays contest.
PURDEY’s GIFT runs in the Future Ticketing (C & G) Maiden Hurdle. We’ve put a line through his run last time out where his jumping let him down and are hoping that he shows the same ability as when he finished runner up at Fairyhouse back in January. He has schooled plenty at home and hopefully he’ll go close today under Keith Donoghue for new connections.
GRANGECLARE NATIVE runs in the Irish Thoroughbred Agency.org ‘Ex Racehorses Finding Their Forever Home’ Maiden Hurdle. His form has been disappointing lately but we’re hoping that the step up in trip will see him bounce back. Jordan Gainford rides.
COMMAND CHAIN runs in the Victoria du Monde.ie For Connoisseurs Of Interior Spaces Handicap Hurdle. He ran well enough on his handicap debut at Ballinrobe last time out and hopefully the addition of first time cheekpieces will show more improvement. Jordan Gainford rides.
In the Great Outdoors Flat Race we run new recruit GRIS MAJEUR. He was the only finisher when winning his point to point at Fairyhouse back in April and went on to finish 8th in a bumper at Down Royal thereafter. He should appreciate the step up in trip and we’ve fitted a hood for the first time in an attempt to settle him during his races. Jamie Codd takes the ride today.
Our first runner at Killarney is the Aintree Festival winner, TRONADOR, in the Carrauntoohil Handicap. He runs off a low mark today and can hopefully be competitive in the hands of Chris Hayes.
Our only other runner of the evening is MAGIC TRICKS in the Gap Of Dunloe (Q.R.) Maiden. He’s making his flat debut today and based on his national hunt form he has to be respected. Derek O’Connor takes the ride.