Busy weekend ahead with 5 runners at Thurles today and 10 at Downpatrick tomorrow;
MIDNIGHT ESCAPE – Davy Russell & WOODS WELL – Bryan Cooper both represent us in the White Gypsy Hurdle, Midnight Escape is in fantastic form at home and travels here today with a really good chance. Woods Well ran well enough last time out but will appreciate the drying ground today, he jumps well and is really genuine.
Next we have DIAMOND KING in the Novice Chase, he was very unlucky at Cheltenham but he thankfully returned home safe and sound, Davy Russell rides. Also in this we have STONE HARD who was slightly disappointing at Navan last time out but has been working very well at home. Jack Kennedy takes the ride.
Lastly we have VICTORY MILL in the Beginners Chase returning from a year off the track he was 4th here on his last run over 3m he’s in good order but will improve for today’s run after such a long time off. Jack Kennedy rides.
Downpatrick – Sunday:
ICARIO was running well when falling at Cheltenham in the Fred Winter, he’s yet to get his head in front and seems to have a case of seconditiis! Bryan Cooper rides.
We have three of nine runners in the Guinness Rated Hurdle; BALLELA BOY – Bryan Cooper returns to the track after a break, he’s done well for his time off and looks to have a nice chance. SANIBEL ISLAND – Jack Kennedy is a nicely consistent horse who stayed on well to win on heavy ground at Navan last time out. SHADOW CATCHER – Denis O’Regan isn’t the luckiest of horses but showed improvement last time out at Thurles to finish 2nd.
2 runners in the next, a Maiden Hurdle; Our own DAWERANN (pictured) returns looking fantastic from a well earned break, he runs well for today’s jockey Cian Collins and benefits from his 7lb claim, he will love todays conditions and we hope for a really good run, best of luck to members! CANOVA – Jack Kennedy will need to show some major improvement on recent performances to factor here but he will appreciate the better ground.
We have 2 again representing us in the feature race, the Toals Bookmakers Ulster National; CAPTAIN VON TRAPPE reverts back to fences today and we hope he can get his head back in the game here today under Luke McGuinness’ 7lb claim. DEFINITE RUBY is a tough little mare, finishing a respectable 7th in this race and running a blinder last time out to win in tough conditions. Jack Kennedy rides.
A new recruit to the yard PRESENTING JULIO is next in the Handicap Chase, his homework is pleasing and he seems in good form at home.
Our last runner of the day COEUR DE BEAUCHENE who finished 3rd on his debut under rules earlier this month, he’s come on at home for the run and is in great order. Jamie Codd rides.