We have a total of 9 runners, with 8 heading to Downpatrick and 1 making the hopefully worthwhile journey to Hexham:
We kick off the day in the “Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle” with two runners. AMOR VERDADERO who has definitley improved since switching over hurdles, and fingers crossed she can go close again, Davy Russell rides. BALLYDUNBLAZE also lines up, she ran a resonable race when 5th on her hurdling debut, she has to carry a winners penalty, Jack Kennedy rides.
DUKE’S GIRL drops back down to 2m 5f today, she has been running consistent races but will have to up her game a little in order to get her head in front. Davy Russell remains in the saddle.
We also send 2 to post for the ” Speckled Hen Bar & Restaurant Beginners Steeplechase”. ALPHA INDI makes his debut for the yard, he is a long time off the track and with snippets of form in England it would be nice to see him run well on his Irish debut, Jack Kennedy rides. ISLE OF DESTINY began her career on the point-to-point circuit so she will be no stranger to the larger obstacles and hopefully she can run a solid race under Davy Russell.
CREADAN GRAE returns to fences in the “Tote Supporting Downpatrick Racecourse Handicap Steeplechase”. A winner over fences in Perth back in September he will be a lot sharper after his return run over hurdles. He carries top weight and has Davy Russell in the saddle.
Our final runners of the day at Downpatrick are both SANTANA PLESSIS and THREE IS COMPANY in the “Down Time Festival (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race “. The latter makes his debut for the yard in the colours of Vincent Caldwell & Maneerat Caldwell, he was placed on only his second start in the point-to-point field and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him run into the money, Georgie Benson rides. SANTANA PLESSIS has hit the crossbar on a few occasions, he has proven he has ability so it would be good to see him register a win here today. Lisa O’Neill rides.
DARLING MISS has made the journey to Hexham for the 2m 7f Handicap Hurdle. A decisive winner on her latest appearance in Perth she lines up in a small field of 5 runners. She has travelled over well and it would be great to see her continue in winning ways. Richard Johnson rides.