Daily Racing Previews of all Irish Meetings
Be brave again with
Kiely runner at Wexford on Sunday
The John Kiely-trained Brave
Out might be up to repeating last year’s success in the Michael O’Murchadha
Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Wexford on Sunday.
He came out best in a tight photo-finish to the race 12
months ago and warmed up for this assignment when a promising fourth to
subsequent winner Smoking Gun at Gowran Park a month ago. The more testing
underfoot condition will certainly bring out the best in him.
Racing begins with the M&T Plant Hire Maiden Hurdle and
here jumping newcomer The Last Emperor can win for Emmet Mullins and Phillip Enright. He was a good sort on the Flat,
rated 87 at his best, for Roger Varian and might be one to follow as he
Cheltenham Festival hero Gavin Cromwell might fancy his
chances in the Shamrock Enterprises Maiden Hurdle with Darver Star, but An Fraoch Mor makes more appeal for
Ross O’Sullivan. Both drop in trip for this but the selection was running a big
race behind top novice City Island at Naas in February and where he would have
finished much closer but for dragging his hind legs through the final flight.
Western Sea makes
loads of appeal, despite top-weight, in the Neville Hotels Handicap Hurdle. He
has been running in much better races than this and the drop in class could
bring about a change of luck. Westerner
Point was a winner at the Limerick Christmas Festival and can add the
Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase to his list of successes. The
10-year-old was a winner at this meeting in both 2015 and 2016 and can give Phillip
Enright a second winner of the afternoon.
Selections: 1.45 The
Last Emperor; 2.20 An Fraoch Mor; 2.55 Western Sea; 3.30 Brave Out (NAP); 4.00 Westerner
Point; 4.35 Dylrow; 5.10 Braeside.