Today we have 12 runners across two tracks.
Firstly we head up north to Downpatrick where the majority of our horses will be running. In the first race, the Plus2Print Remembering Tony Oaks Hurdle, we have two runners in the five runner field. HAMMERSTEIN found the trip a bit far last time out and has been dropped back to 2m1f here. He won his maiden hurdle over this distance only two runs ago but will face difficulty in the weights. Keith Donoghue will be getting the leg up. Our other runner in this race is LETHAL STEPS, who was 3rd last time out and is only carrying 11st6 today. Dennis O’Regan has been booked to ride.
The next race is another relatively small field in which we have 3. First is EMPIRE BURLEQUE who is upped in trip, a winner of his bumper and yet to break his maiden over jumps. He is at the top of the weights and will have Keith Donoghue doing the steering. STEEL CAP is another with a similar profile to Empire Burleque, a first time out winner who is still learning his trade over jumps. Mark Enright is on board. Finally for this race is THREE IS COMPANY, placed in a PTP he is still an unknown quantity. Denis O’Regan is booked to ride and hopefully we can learn a bit more about this horse.
In the third race we have one runner, KASHMIR WILDE, yet to win a race she has been knocking on the door of recent. This should further her education and hopefully her and Keith Donoghue can build on Kashmir Wilde’s progressive form.
On to the next, the North Down Marquees Handicap Hurdle where we have RIO DE CERISY. He is in the reliable hands of Keith Donoghue today and looks to get around with a bit of improvement from his previous runs.
We have two runners in the IrishJockeys Support Downpatrick Maiden Hurdle over 2m5f. KILLINKERE is a horse who tries and seems to like it around here, with his best performance being 3rd here back in May. Denis O’Regan looks to try and repeat that performance and is booked to ride. Our other horse in this race is MONITION; he’s hit the crossbar on a number of occasions now and is looking to break that trend. Liam McKenna got on well with the horse last time out and claims a valuable 7lbs off his back. Hopefully the pair can improve on where they left off.
Our last runner at Downpatrick is SAINT OR SINNER who runs in the Two N & M’s INH Flat Race, the last race of the meeting. This will be a first trip to a racecourse for Saint or Sinner so hopefully he’s remembered his homework. It looks a competitive race but we’ve employed the trusty hands of Jamie Codd to guide this horse around for his debut.
Its a long trip down to our next meeting as we head to Killarney for the first day of their summer festival. VEINARD runs in the feature race of the day, the BoyleSports Handicap Steeple Chase. He has had a few runs on the flat to freshen him up and should be in good form for today’s assignment. Luke Dempsey is jocked up. Our second runner in this is DAKOTA MOIRETTE. Placed on his last two efforts when finishing, Davy Russell is on board to help him put in a clear round of jumping. Hopefully this pair of runners can run to their merits.
Finally, our last runner of the day is DINONS. A very consistent horse who seems to love chasing is giving away weight all around in today’s task. It’ll be a tough order and Davy Russell is given the ride in order to get the very best out of him.
We wish all our runners the very best of luck and hope they all get around safely.