Step up in trip to suit Elliott youngster
handicap company, the Gordon Elliott-trained Coko Beach could be one of
the bets of the day under Jack Kennedy at Navan on Saturday.
The four-year-old faces 15
rivals in the eCOMM Merchant Solutions Handicap Hurdle and this should
represent a drop in grade for the classy four-year-old after he came up against
probable Champion Hurdle contender Coeur Sublime at Down Royal at the beginning
of last month. Although out of the handicap proper, Tout Est Permis could
emerge as a leading danger if able to run anywhere close to his current ‘chase
mark of 155.
Davy Russell should have the winning of the opening Kells Maiden Hurdle with Festival
D’ex which was the runaway winner of the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown
festival at the end of April. He goes jumping for the first time here and looks
the one ahead of both Pure Genius and Tiger Tap Tap.
Receiver was an
expensive purchase at the Cheltenham sales in February and he will be expected
to make a winning debut in the Club Active Gym INH Flat Race. He won on his
sole point-to-point start a few days earlier and possibly has most to fear from
Willie Mullins’ French import En Beton.
full field of runners is set to line up for the Hotel Park St Johann Tirol
Austria Maiden Hurdle and Martin Brassil could have the winning of this one
with another Punchestown festival bumper winner, Longhouse Poet. He
showed plenty of promise on his jumping debut when second to Elixir D’ainay at
Naas a month ago and can step up.
The Grade 3
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Klairon Davis Novice Chase has attracted just five
runners and Willie Mullins might take top honours with Tornado Flyer. He
won with a little in hand from Choungaya and his own stable companion Voix Des
Tiep on his first start over fences and is entitled to improve on what was his
first start since early May.
Tiep runs in the
earlier John Lynch Carpets Beginners Chase and looks the one to beat. His Naas run
behind Tornado Flyer was full of promise and a repeat should be enough to see
him home in front.
the foot of the weights might have the advantage in the €50,000 Foxrock Handicap
Chase and Everlastingpromise could be the answer to a tricky affair. Recent
wins at Clonmel and Thurles have shown the five-year-old in a good light and he
might just cope with a significant rise in class.
12.05 Festival D'ex; 12.35 Longhouse Poet; 1.05 Coko Beach (NAP); 1.35 Voix Des
Tiep; 2.10 Tornado Flyer; 2.45 Everlastingpromise; 3.20 En Beton.
Ballyoisin to outgun Cilaos Emery in Cork’s Hilly Way
A brilliant winner of TheTote.com Fortria at Navan a month
ago, Ballyoisin can land the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork
Enda Bolger’s star performer added to his growing reputation
when making all the running to account for Cheltenham Festival winner A Plus
Tard in great style last time and might well be too strong for Willie Mullins’ Cilaos
Emery which scored a wide margin success at Naas on his reappearance.
Jockey Mark Walsh can also add the Grade 3 Kerry Group Irish
EBF Mares Novice Chase on the Mullins-trained Elimay which rounded off last
season with a runaway victory at the Punchestown festival and was then a winner
at Killarney a week later. She goes over fences for the first time here and can
put it up to the recent Thurles winner Sinoria.
The earlier Grade 3 Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle can go
the way of the Noel Meade-trained Battle Of Midway which held on to win
narrowly over a shorter trip at Fairyhouse last month. He ran well when runner-up
to Zola over this course and distance in the middle of October and should be up
to defying his 3lbs penalty.
The opening Galtee 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle looks like another
for Joseph O'Brien who can take the honours with Pasley. He was a winner
on the Flat at Thurles in October and was unlucky to run into Sacchoandvanzetti
on his first jumping start at Punchestown last month.
There is an open look to the Charleville Cheese Maiden Hurdle
and perhaps the Gordon Elliott-trained Elusive Rebeldom is the safest
option on his jumping bow. He didn’t win a bumper but ran with some promise
when third to the smart Hollow Sound at Galway in early October and might do
better on the less testing ground here.
Recent Punchestown runner-up Scheu Time looks best in
the Low Low Handicap Hurdle while Willie Austin’s The Chapel Field can
add to last month’s success at Fairyhouse and Thurles in the concluding Kerry
Maid Novice Handicap Hurdle.
Selections: 12.35 Pasley; 1.05 Elusive Rebeldom; 1.35
Battle Of Midway (NAP); 2.05 Scheu Time; 2.35 Ballyoisin; 3.05 Elimay; 3.35 The
Min the choice in Durkan Chase thriller
The action on a seven-race card at Punchestown on Sunday gets
underway at 12.20pm and there is a real cracker of a race to look forward to in
the featured Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.
Last year’s winner Min is the highest rated at 171 and sets
a high standard but the return to action of Presenting Percy will be one of the
main talking points after Pat Kelly’s charge disappointed in the Cheltenham
Gold Cup in March.
Snow Falcon and Shattered Love are both very smart
performers at this two and a half mile distance and can get involved while
Anibale Fly was runner up to Al Boum Photo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup before
finishing a creditable fifth in the Aintree Grand National behind Tiger Roll in
April and is another that must be considered in a mouth-watering contest. All
in all, this is a race to savour and old favourite Min gets the vote to score for the second year running as he goes
well fresh and this is his ideal trip.
Earlier on the card, the Listed Voler La Vedette Mares
Novice Hurdle can go the way of the promising Minella Melody which recorded a smooth victory on her first hurdles
start at Cork early last month with Mount Ida likely to be her biggest threat
while the Gain Supporting Laois GAA Beginners Chase could see Dunvegan make a winning start to his career
over fences after showing good form over hurdles last season with Breaken
likely to be his main threat.
The opening rated novice hurdle at 12.20 is a tight affair
with slight preference going to Tiger
Voice which was successful in a maiden hurdle at Cork last time. The
Blackrock Insurance Kilmacud Crokes Handicap Hurdle is a very open event with
the improving Burleque Queen put
forward as the selection after winning two of her last three races for trainer
The other handicap on the card is the Join The Best Club In
Town Handicap Chase and here Down Royal winner Castafiore Park will be popular
with punters despite a 9lbs rise in the ratings but perhaps Roxboro Road, still very much in
contention when slipping up in a similar race to this one here last month, can
Tiger Voice; 12.50 Minella Melody; 1.20 Burlesque Queen; 1.50 Min; 2.20
Dunvegan (NAP); 2.50 Roxboro Road; 3.20