• Thurles - Thursday

    Go Another One to regain winning ways

    The John McConnell-trainedGo Another One looks the part in the He’llberemembered Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

    No stranger to success, the eight-year-old is an 11-time winner and this looks a fine opportunity for him to add to his most recent victory, a smooth win over hurdles at Down Royal at the end of August. He ran well when fourth behind Doctor Duffy over fences at Ballinrobe a week later but disappointed last time when only third, again over fences, to Visioman at Limerick.

    But it’s easy to give him another chance as he reverts to the smaller obstacles and he should be another winner for a trainer that couldn’t have his horses in better form.

    The Willie Mullins-trainedBeret Rouge should be up to winning the Thurles Mares Maiden Hurdle under Patrick Mullins. Her jumping let her down at Listowel where she was second to Felicidad but that was her first effort over hurdles and this runaway Roscommon bumper winner will surely be all the better for the experience gained at the Kerry venue.

    Shane Duffy’sMoly Kaye was second to Capture The Action at Gowran Park at the beginning of the month and should be all the better for that as it was her first start since April of last year. The seven-year-old might just land the Leugh Handicap Hurdle under Rachael Blackmore.

    The Premier County Mares Handicap Hurdle is likely to be just as competitive and here Liam Casey’s six-year-old Rule Of June might just be best. She was also a runner-up last time when just losing out to Not So Simple over a trip close to this at Killarney. Well clear of the remainder that day, she looks to be improving with every run and is deserving of a winning turn soon.

    Racing begins with two contests over fences and Gordon Elliott’s mare Surin should take all the beating in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase. No match for Heaven Help Us on her chasing debut at Fairyhouse, she’s back up in distance now and might just be a bet against the four-year-old, Gin On Lime.

    Misty Millie certainly holds every chance in the thurlesraces.ie Handicap Chase. It is her first start in a handicap chase and she’s bound to improve on her Fairyhouse reappearance where she was behind Surin when fourth to Heaven Help Us. That was a good run on her first start since March.

    Whispering Gypsy ran well in a winners’ bumper at Down Royal at the end of August and boasts the best form in the concluding Munster INH Flat Race. She’s the selection but Gordon Elliott’s Indigo Breeze, the first reserve, would have to be considered if making the final line up.

    Selections: 1.00 Surin; 1.35 Misty Millie; 2.07 Beret Rouge; 2.42 Molly Kaye; 3.17 Go Another One (NAP); 3.52 Rule Of June; 4.27 Whistling Gypsy. 



    Navan - Thursday

    Keane to maintain championship lead at Navan

    Colin Keane leads Shane Foley by eight heading to Navan this afternoon where both men should be among the winners yet again.

    Foley has been robbed of a big early chance with the withdrawal of Provocateuse from the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden and this should leave the way clear for Colfer Kay to score for Ken Condon and Niall McCullagh.

    Foley teams up with Condon in the navanracecourse.ie Maiden and the pair can win with Sounds Of Spring. He drops back in trip after taking third place behind the well-fancied Improving at Limerick and is tried in a visor for the first time now.

    Inflection Point gives Shane Foley a big chance of another winner in the Like Navan On Facebook Handicap but Colin Keane can hit back on the Edward Lynam-trained Tide Of Time. The selection was behind Inflection Point over five furlongs here earlier this month but he lost a little ground at the start that day and is nicely better off at the weights as they clash again.

    With Pretty Boy Floyd an early absentee, Keane is without a ride in the Arkle Bar Handicap where Foley’s mount Jensons Joy is likely to be a leading fancy. However, in a wide-open race, a chance is taken on All About Ivy which has her first start for Michael Halford and can get involved despite a near three-month absence.

    Keane will also sit out the opening division of the Racing Again Sunday November 8 Handicap as Franno is a non-runner and this one can go to William Of Wykeham which is much-improved over hurdles since he last raced on the Flat. He could be well handicapped for Mark McNiff.

    On just his second start for Joseph O'Brien, Ballyquin might be the answer to the Balckcastle Handicap. The English import started out in a claimer at Fairyhouse at the beginning of the month, running well from the front, and this might be more his level. Dylan Browne McMonagle rides and Earls is an early absentee.

    The second division of the same race looks a little more competitive and perhaps Arcland can be another winner for Harry Rogers. He arguably ran his best race when going close behind Jim Bolger’s Paistiul over this course and distance early last month and a breakthrough success can’t be far away on that evidence.

    It is great to see Tiger Roll starting back in the Flower Hill Maiden and while it’s not the strongest race, the loveable 10-year-old will hardly be up to winning on just his second start on the Flat. A good showing can be expected but he will surely find a few too good for him today and Aidan O'Brien’s Greek Gladiator can lead the field home under Seamie Heffernan.

    Selections: 1.20 Provocateuse; 1.55 Sounds Of Spring; 2.30 Tide Of Time; 3.05 Ballyquin; 3.40 All About Ivy (NAP); 4.15 Greek Gladiator; 4.50 William Of Wykeham; 5.20 Arcland. 



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