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Sunday 26th of January

We return to the track today across in Naas, where we have 7 runners going to post.

We kick things off with two runners in the first BATTLE OF WILLS and GARRISON COMMANDER. Battle of Wills was a reasonable horse on the flat before coming to us and will have his first run over obstacles here. Davy Russell has been booked to ride. Garrison Commander is improving all the time for his racing. He seems to finish with a flurish so the up hill run in should suit. Keith Donoghue will ride.

Again we have two runners for the Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle. MENGLI KHAN has switched back to hurdling after not taking to chasing and we hope we have caught him on a good day her, Davy Russell will ride. Our second runner SUTTON PLACE is a very good horse and will be returning after a bit of a lay off. Mark Walsh rides and we hope the pair can get on well.

ELWOOD goes for the Grade 3 Novice Chase. He stayed on gamely last time and deserves to be upped in grade. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.

Another nice horse Glens Finale goes in the Maiden Hurdle. It’s not quite the max field of 25 but it looks like 19 will be going to post. This horse has won a point to point so jumping will be no issue. He’ll get plenty of cover and will have Davy Russell for company.

Lastly we have SAINT D’OROUX in the handicap hurdle. He had a few runs in maiden hurdle to no avail and looks well treated in this. The slight drop in trip might also help him. We’ve booked Luke Dempsey to ride.

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

By |2020-01-24T15:46:50+00:00January 26th, 2020|

Saturday 25th of January

We kick off the weekend by sending 8 horses down to Fairyhouse. Our first runner is MILAN NATIVE in the beginners chase. Placed in a beginners chase previously, this horse has enough to get in the frame. There looks a few nice ones in this so we hope he can run a good race. Davy Russell will ride.

We’re double handed in the next with FROM EDEN and DAKOTA MOIRETTE. From Eden was never going well last time out and had excuses for that run. We’ve decided to drop him back a bit for this and Davy Russell will ride. Dakota Moirette will have his first run since July so will come on for this. We’ve booked 5lbs claimer Sean O’Keeffe to help him around.

KAYF THOU is near the top of the weights for the handicap chase. This horse likes it around here and is a course and distance winner. He might be off a high mark but we’ve booked Davy Russell to help him out.

We skip the Mares race and have 3 in the Maiden Hurdle. This will be a whirlwind of a race as the max field of 25 will probably go forward. All our runners will need every ounce of luck in running here as it will likely be fairly rough and tumble. GALET D’OUDAIRIES is thrown in at the deepend and it will be a lot to take in on debut, Davy Russell has been booked to ride. INSANE BOLT improved slightly on his last run and will hopefully do so again here, Denis O’Regan will ride. Lastly we have MOGHRAM who will have blinkers on for the first time and 7lbs claimer Jack Wildman.

Our last runner of the day is GOLDEN NOMAD and Davy Russell in the Maiden Hurdle. Improved again last time out to finish 4th. It would be nice to see this one run a good race and get in the frame. Davy Russell will ride.

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

By |2020-01-24T15:23:39+00:00January 25th, 2020|

Friday 24th of January

We had two winners yesterday at a very foggy Gowran Park which brought us to 150 NH winners this season. We may not have one the big one but all the horses came home safe and sound which is the most important thing.

We have only one runner today in Dundalk, the last time out winner PINK JAZZ. This horse will be going up 4lbs for that win which still leaves him on a nice mark. This will be a much more competitive race then the last and we have Declan McDonogh to ride for us.

We wish the pair the best of luck.

By |2020-01-24T09:38:02+00:00January 24th, 2020|

Thursday 23rd of January

It’s been a quiet few days as Ireland has taken a breather from racing, but it’s back with a bang as we head to Gowran Park for Thyestes Day. It’s a brilliant day of racing and I really hope the fog clears up a bit in the afternoon. We will have 11 runners and we have 1 reserve.

HELL ON EARTH  is the first of our runners this afternoon, in the handicap hurdle over 2 miles. He had his first taste of handicapping on his last run and we have decided to put 5lb claimer Sean O’Keeffe on board to help him out.

We don’t have anything for the second race but we do have two super stars for the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle. APPLE’S JADE was in top form when she won the Frank Ward last time out and she has very good form over 3 miles. It will be no easy task against the fresh Benie Des Dieux but Davy Russell will help to get the best out of this mare. DEATH DUTY makes his long awaited return, having been off the track for just over two years. He was a very good chaser and hurdler before his layoff and this will be the ideal race to get him back on track. Rachael Blackmore will take the ride.

We skip another race before heading for the feature Thyestes Handicap Chase where we have 6 runners. DOUNIKOS will be carrying the most weight out of our runners. He has won the a Grand National trial and will have the additional help of 5lb claimer Barry Browne. BORICE  was our Galway Plate champion over the summer and didn’t quite take to Newbury on his last assignment. Daryl Jacob will be flying in for the ride. MONBEG NOTORIOUS was a previous winner of this race. He’s off a higher mark now then when he won this in 2017. He too will have the help of a 5lbs claimer, in the shape of Sean O’Keeffe. ROARING BULL was our Christmas Festival hero as he took the Paddy Power in brilliant style at the last gasp. It will be a lot to expect the same sort of run from him here but he is the chosen mount of Davy Russell. NOBEL ENDEAVOR hasn’t quite been loving his racing of late but was a classy horse in his time. He is off a very low weight of 10st 7lbs and will be ridden by Donal McInerney. GENERAL PRINCIPAL rounds off our declared runners. He has been running very well in his races and is off a low weight of 10st 5lbs and we have helped him by putting up 5lbs claimer Conor McNamara. Finally we have the second reserve OUT SAM. This horse ran a very good race over the cross country fences at Cheltenham last time but needs two horses to come out.

After the excitement of the big race we have CHOSEN MATE in the beginners chase. He has been running well but running into a few very good horses. This looks a bit softer then a few of his past runs so we will be hoping he can run to his best. Davy Russell will ride.

Finally we have HOMME D’UN SOIR in the bumper who will be partnered by Jamie Codd. This horse has come to us from France and looks like a nice type. These races are very competitive and we hope he can put in a good performance.

We wish all the runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

 

By |2020-01-23T09:40:05+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Sunday 19th of January

It’s been a very cold weekend so far and we’ll be hoping that doesn’t effect the ground too badly at Thurles today. We hope to send 9 horses down today. We will also be sending 4 horses to Ayr for their card.

For the first race, an auction maiden we have PART TIME AFFAIR, who had his first taste off hurdling last time out. it wasn’t the best debut having made a few bad blunders. He has been schooling well since then and takes another crack at it.

The next race is a novice hurdle where we have 2 of the 7 runners. Last time out winner RUN WILD FRED will enjoy the test of stamina this race will offer and will want every yard of this trip. Our over runner FESTIVAL D’EX seems to be going from strength to strength in his racing. This will be his first time stepping up in trip, but he finishes his races well which leads us to think he should enjoy the step up.

TEXARD returns for the Matty Ryan Memorial Handicap Hurdle to face 7 other runners. He broke his maiden in fine style last time and we hope the penny has dropped for him. Daryl Jacob has been booked to ride.

The Grade 2 Horse and Jockey Chase is next and although it will only be a 5 runner race, they are a very tough 5 runners. Willie Mullins sends three very strong horses, while Jessie sends up the reliable Jetz and we have our equally hard fighting HARDLINE. He fell at the last in Leopardstown over Christmas but had been consistently placed before that. Davy Russell has been booked to ride him here and hopefully the pair can get back to business as usual.

TINTANGLE goes for the feature race of the card, the Coolmore NH Sires EBF Mares Novices Chase. It’s another highly competitive field and this mare has proven to be no easy ride. Davy Russell has been tasked with steering this mare today and there is probably no better man for the job here today.

We have one runner for the handicap chase, CARTWRIGHT. He has found the tough competition of beginner chases a bit too hot of late and will probably fit better into handicapping company. He is bang in the middle of the weights and this will give us a good indication of where to go with him.

Finally for Thurles we have MR LINGO in the bumper. This horse made a very pleasing debut under rules having been on the side-lines for so long. This looks a good race for him to build on that experience and Lisa O’Neill has been booked to ride.

Onto Ayr, where ZAMBEZI FIX goes in the opening maiden hurdle. This looks like it could be a potentially week field and this horse has placed 4th on both his most recent runs. This might be a nice race for him to pick up another place and hopefully finish in the frame. Richard Johnson has been booked to ride.

Next we have ESCARIA TEN in the novices hurdle. He won very nicely last time out and has continued his upward trajectory. It will be interesting to see how he does against the English horses of the same division. Adrian Heskin will be riding.

ISLE OF DESTINY is the next runner in the novices chase where he will face only 4 other runners. He ran well last time to finish 3rd under a penalty and this will be a nice race to continue his chasing education. Richard Johnson will be riding this one as well.

Finally we have SPORTY YANKEE in the handicap hurdle. this horse has placed on his last two outings and we would be hopefully he could do something similar here. Richard Johnson has been booked to ride.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return. 

By |2020-01-17T12:50:18+00:00January 19th, 2020|

Saturday 18th of January

We didn’t have any runners yesterday which gave us a welcome break. We have 9 runners in Navan today where the going is soft to heavy.

We have two runners in the first, the rated novices hurdle where there are only 5 runners. FLOUEUR heads the weights having won twice over in France. This will be the geldings first run for us and we hope he can keep up the good streak. Davy Russell has been booked to ride. TRONADOR is our second runner and gets a big weight for age allowance being the only 4yo in the field. Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.

Next up we have LAST MINUTE MAN in the maiden hurdle, a considerably bigger field than the first race. The going will be more to his liking then last time out and he’s been in the money on his last two outings. Keith has been jocked up on this horse again.

We bring three for the feature Navan Handicap Hurdle Grade B; COKO BEACH, THE BOSSES OSCAR and CLONDAW NATIVE. Coko Beach is up to Graded standard, hence his lofty weight. The Bosses Oscar has been running very well since he has joined us and this will be his first step in Graded company, he will be off a nice weight and will have Davy Russell riding. Clondaw Native rounds off the trio and will be having his first start after a long lay off. He is kindly treated in the weights and we hope he can make a nice return to the track for connections.

Another handicap hurdle follows suit, where we have CHERIF DE L’ISLE, another who has hit the cross-bar on his most recent starts. Taking into account the claimers on the other horses this horse will end up being top weight. It’ll be a competitive race where Davy Russell will be in the hot seat.

Not letting up we have PRINCE OF SCARS in the Beginners Chase over 3 miles. This horse should improve from his last run, which he probably would have needed having been his first run over fences. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.

We skip the penultimate race and have one in the bumper; ESKYLANE. This horse was second on his last outing where the third horse has since won a bumper by 6 lengths. He made a lot of headway late on and you would hope he can build on that here today. Jamie Codd has been booked to ride.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2020-01-17T11:08:06+00:00January 18th, 2020|

Wednesday 15th of January

Braeside won valiantly in the mud yesterday at Fairyhouse to finally break his maiden. He was a very deserving winning having been the runner up on so many occasions. Today we head to Punchestown where we have 10 runners on the 7 race card.

The first race is a maiden hurdle for which we have a glut of runners, 4 in total. BRAWNEY made a few mistakes last time before being pulled up last time out so we hope we’ve ironed those out at home. Brian Hayes will take the ride. GARRISON COMMANDER was another one who made a few mistakes on his hurdling debut but he stayed on to improve a couple of places at the end, he will be the mount of Donagh Myler. INSANE BOLT can be forgiven a poor run for his debut over hurdles and he takes a second stab at it here. Hopefully we will see a bit of improvement, Denis O’Regan will ride. Finally we have OAK PARK who ran above the odds last time to finish 3rd, we hope he’ll improve again from that and he is the choice of Davy Russell.

Our number of runners reduces significantly for our next race, where we have just NOBLE JOSHUA in the handicap hurdle. It’s a very large field where he will be able to get plenty of cover. He is well in on the weights and has had a few runs over hurdles now so should know his task. Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.

It’s another big field maiden hurdle over 2m4f where we have COLUMN OF FIRE. This horse looked set to break his duck when getting it a bit wrong two out and coming down. This should be a similar task to last time and hopefully he hasn’t lost any confidence in his jumping, Davy Russell will take the ride.

Next up is DOMITIAN in the mares maiden hurdle. This mare is shaping up nicely however this looks like it will turn out to be quite a hot race, with the Mullins horses looking like the one to beat. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.

EMPIRE BURLEQUE is our next runner, in the novice handicap hurdle. This continues the theme of big fields today at Punchestown. His mistake late on last time ended his race for him at Limerick. We’ll be hoping for a cleaner round of jumping today and have put Kevin Brogan on board who will take off 7lbs.

The penultimate race of the afternoon is a handicap hurdle where we have JAUNTY WARRIOR. This horse has been switched to handicaps having found maidens a bit too competitive. Hopefully he’ll find his niche here and this will be another ride for our 7lbs claimer Kevin Brogan.

Finally in the bumper we have BETH HORAN and claimer Paddy Vaughan. This filly improved to come 3rd last time out. This looks like it will be competitive so hopefully we can see a similar result.

We wish all our runners and rider the very best of luck and for a safe return.

 

By |2020-01-15T09:27:37+00:00January 15th, 2020|

Tuesday 14th of January

We managed to survive Storm Brendan yesterday and we got a winner in the shape of Pink Jazz over in Wolverhampton. We have 2 runners for Fairyhouse today with the going as heavy and some rain predicted for later today.

Our first runner is BRAESIDE in the 6th race, the maiden hurdle. This horse always tries his best and is very reliable for a good run. Hopefully the weather holds up along with the track. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.

Our second runner of the afternoon is JIMMY JIMMY in the bumper. This horse debuted in a very nice bumper and is sure to come on from it. He will also have the added help of getting 7lbs off thanks to Paddy Vaughan’s claim. We hope he can run well for his new connections.

We wish the pair the best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2020-01-14T10:27:06+00:00January 14th, 2020|
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