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Friday 7th of May

Today we head up to Downpatrick with a lorry full as we are set to have 5 runners for the 7 race card.

We have O CONNELL STREET in the opener, the Molson Coors Maiden Hurdle over 2m5f. He showed a great deal of improvement the last day to grab 3rd place. We’ve upped him in trip here which should suit and Bryan Cooper takes the ride.

EYEWITNESS and FLYING GLORY take to the stage for the Irish Thoroughbred Agency Maiden Hurdle. Eyewitness was a good winner of a bumper and moves on to go hurdling. It looks a competitive sort of race but one that will be a nice introduction to hurdling with Denis in the saddle. Flying Glory has her first run on the track and she is a nicely bred filly. It’ll be a big learning experience and she has Kevin Sexton in the saddle.

HELL ON EARTH is top weight in the Molson Coors Handicap Chase over 2m7f. Thanks to the help of Jordan Gainford he will get 7lbs off his back which should be a big help.

Finally in the bumper we have DEVIL’S CUT who will have his first outing on track. He is a well bred sort and we hope he can run well on debut. Hugh McOwan rides and claims 7lbs.

 

 

By |2021-05-07T09:57:43+01:00May 7th, 2021|

Thursday 6th of May

It’ll be a relatively quiet day at the races for us as we only have 3 runners for today’s card in Tipperary.

Our first runner is SHRULE OPERATOR in the opener, the Hotel Minella Mares Maiden Hurdle over 2m. We will also get to see the return of the exciting Gypsy Island who hasn’t been seen for two years but showed herself to be hugely exciting. Our filly has the advantage of a run not too long ago and goes here in good order with Jack Wildman in the saddle claiming 7lbs.

THISONESFOROLLIE goes for the Handicap Chase over 2m1f. She will appreciate the change in ground to Good for today’s meeting and will hopefully run a nice race today under Denis O’Regan.

Finally we have CUNEO in the Berkshire @ Kedrah House Stable Beginners Chase over 2m7f. He showed improvement the last day to finish 3rd and hopefully he can build on that with Jordan Gainford in the saddle claiming 7lbs.

By |2021-05-06T09:37:04+01:00May 6th, 2021|

Tuesday 4th of May

It was great to kick off the season in such style yesterday with three winners and two seconds from only five runners. It’ll be hard to follow that up but it’s great that we got so much ran yesterday and it should be in the ground today for some good safe ground at Ballinrobe.

Our first runner of the afternoon is AHAZIAH in the Opportunity Handicap Hurdle. He has yet to run on good ground and hopefully that will prove the key to him. Our very own Duffle Coat is by the same sire so the task won’t be out of the question. Jack Wildman rides and takes off 2lbs.

CHAMPAGNE SPARKLES goes next in the tote.ie maiden hurdle. He has made the frame plenty now and this task looks open for the taking. He has good form and Jordan Gainford on his back to claim 7lbs off.

Our next runner is GOLD DES BOIS in the Donnelly’s of Barna Beginners chase over 2m1f. This will be his first start over fences and he looks well suited by this sort of contest. It will be another ride for Jordan Gainford who will claim 7lbs.

RECENT REVELATIONS has a fair mark for this and has shown some talent over fences. This looks one of the tougher assignments on the card today for our runners and Jordan Gainford will again claim 7lbs.

Finally in the last we have MR CAPLAN, who came 2nd on his only run back in 2019. He was off for a long break and comes back here to start his season off with Lisa in the saddle.

By |2021-05-04T09:32:37+01:00May 4th, 2021|

Monday 3rd of May

A very welcomed bit of rain has fallen to kick off the 21/22 season as we head to Down Royal and the Curragh.

We have DON DIABLO in the Opportunity Maiden Hurdle where Jordan Gainford claims 4lbs. He is a very consistent type who always gets his head into the frame. We’re hoping this sort of a race can help him get his head in front.

TULLYBEG goes in the Boylesports App Hurdle over 3m. He makes his return after a break from last October and this ground should suit him. It looks a nice open race to come back to and Jordan Gainford gets the ride again claiming 7lbs.

FANCY FOUNDATIONS faces a small field for the Beginners Chase as Moratorium is now a non runner. The plan has long been to switch him up to go chasing so we will be looking forward to seeing how he does, again with Jordan claiming 7lbs.

Finally we have THATSY  in the Handicap Chase over 2m. The final ride of the day for Jordan and hopefully Thatsy can regain a bit of form.

In the Curragh MAJESKI MAN takes on a big field for the 6f handicap. He ran well the last day and is open to more improvement. Gary Carroll has been booked to ride

By |2021-05-03T11:16:45+01:00May 3rd, 2021|

Punchestown Day 4

It’ll be a short day for us as we only have three runners going to post.

Our first runner is in the feature where ABACADABRAS looks to take on the mighty Honeysuckle yet again. Abacadabras has been in good form and shown he is more than capable of running in these races. It looks a great renewal of the race where any winner would be a worthy one. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

The great JURY DUTY goes in the Champion hunter Chasers and again it’s another fiercely competitive race. Having not gone to Cheltenham or Aintree Jury Duty will be fresh compared to some of his competitors and will have Jamie Codd in the saddle.

Finally in the bumper we have GORTMILLISH who has been in great form recently and takes on a max field here with 25 runners going to post, it’s another one for Jamie Codd.

By |2021-04-30T15:08:14+01:00April 30th, 2021|

Punchestown Day 3

It’s day three of the Punchetown Festival and we have a few nice chances.

for the opener we have SILVER STAR who will be making his seasonal debut on ground he should enjoy. This will be a competitive race for him to start off in byt he’s ready to go and will have Jack Kennedy in the saddle.

For the Grade B Chase we have ARAMAX who showed a real spark when winning three starts ago. He looks to be off a nice mark today and will be ridden by Luke Dempsey.

We only have one for the famous La Touche in the shape of ALPHA DES OBEAUX. This horse ran a great race in behind in the Grand National last time out. He enjoys these types of fences and should go well today with Jamie Codd in the saddle.

The Ladbrokes Stayers Hurdle is set to be an exciting race for a number of reasons. THE STORYTELLER is in fine fettle going into this race where the trip should suit him well, Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride. FURY ROAD will today be partnered in the parade ring by Matthew for the first time who looks after him at home. He recently got his first racing pass and is delighted to have his chance to partner his favourite horse.

For the Grade B Conway pilling Handicap Hurdle we have DALLAS DES PICTONS. Jordan Gainford has been booked to ride and will be very valuable here as Dallas starts to come back into form. RAGNAR LODBROK looks a nice sort for these types of races and is the pick for Jack Kennedy.

Finally we have BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL who was brilliant in her last race and takes the step up to Listed company. She will have to improve her jumping a bit this time around but her speed in-between her hurdles is excellent, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

 

 

By |2021-04-29T09:45:05+01:00April 29th, 2021|

Punchestown Day 2

We came close to getting on the board yesterday with Call Me Lyreen but we have another chance today.

Our first runners of the day come in the Connolly’s Red Mills EBF Auction Final where there is a great prize on offer. GEVREY has good form this season, especially with a number of these. He has the chance to be competitive and will be ridden by Jack Kennedy. STRANGER DANGER is another who will enjoy today’s conditions and is on the up, he will have 7lbs taken off his back with the help of Jordan Gainford.

DRAGON’S PASS takes on a competitive field in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle over 2m4f. She has the blinkers fitted and should enjoy the ground today. P J Hanlon already has his name on the score sheet this week and will take a further 7lbs off to be a featherweight by comparison.

For the first Grade 1 of the card we have TORYGRAPH in the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle over 3m. He didn’t run his race in Cheltenham the last day and hopefully he can bounce back from that and he will have Jack Kennedy in the saddle.

For the Guinness Handicap Chase we have a total of 4 runners going to post. The top weight CHOSEN MATE will have it all to do and is the mount of Jack Kennedy. MINELLA TILL DAWN will have the benefit of 7lbs claimer Jordan Gainford. OR JAUNE DE SOMOZA will have Cheltenham and Aintree hero Kevin Sexton on board while THATSY completes the line up with Jack Dempsey taking the reins.

Finally in the mares bumper we have two quality fillies in the shape of GLAN and HOLLYMOUNT. Glan comes here off the back of some excellent runs and should appreciate everything going and will have Dereck O’Connor in the saddle. HOLLYMOUNT should show her real self here today as she has had time to get into the swing of the yard. She has a first time hood and will be ridden by Jamie Codd.

By |2021-04-28T10:19:05+01:00April 28th, 2021|

Punchestown Day 1

It’s the beginning of the end as we head towards the last week of the 20/21 season. With rain forecast today and for the week it could turn the results on its head.

Our first runner of the festival is ONE DOWN in the Say Yes To Organ Donation Novice Handicap Hurdle over 2m, where Jordan Gainford has been booked to claim 7lbs of the second top weight. He showed some quality when 4th in a Graded event and the drying ground could be in his favour. He will have cheek pieces on for the first time and hopefully that’ll help him.

Next up we have two runners for the Grade B Kilashee hotel Handicap Hurdle over 2m where MAGIC TRICKS looks the pick of our pair with Mark Walsh booked to ride. CALL ME LYREEN has run plenty of big races and is a graded winner. He is another one who should appreciate the drying conditions and will hopefully get a smooth trip in this big field with Jack Kennedy in the saddle.

We double up again for the Land Rover Bumper where NONBINDING looks to keep up his good family name being a half brother to Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow. It’s a competitive ask on debut and Jamie Codd has been booked to ride in an attempt to carry him over the line in the amateurs championship. LAFFITE also makes his debut in this has a nice pedigree and is the brother to a smart bumper winner in the UK and will have Lisa O’Neill in the saddle.

Finally in the last race we have WHATCOLORISTHEWIND, a very good looking daughter of Shirocco. She comes from a good family and will get the fillies allowance here and Jamie Codd will be onboard.

By |2021-04-27T08:51:08+01:00April 27th, 2021|
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