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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

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Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Novice Hunters Chase

This year’s renewal of the Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Novice Hunters Chase has attracted a total of 19 entries and certainly doesn’t lack quality. With ground conditions being described as heavy on the day of entry, it is important that horses have proven form of handling such conditions. One of many such horses in this race is Back Door Approach representing Aidan Kennedy’s stable. This has been a highly consistent sort for connections winning two winners contests this year on both yielding and heavy ground and although he was a well beaten runner up last time in open company the softer conditions here should be a major plus. 

This season has produced some very promising mares that will no doubt be seen on the race track in the coming years and one such candidate is Bingo Bash from Robert Tyner’s yard. This mare took a few runs to get going but got off the mark in fine style in Dromahane on St. Patrick’s Day with a 7 length victory in geldings company. Since then she has won the Gain Mares Final at Ballynoe and was denied another victory most recently in Dromahane when beaten a head in a winners of three contest against the geldings. She shows that she handle’s the softer conditions and that valuable 7lb mares allowance could well put her in the frame here. 

Most Chaste is another mare with plenty of ability as she proved this season, who will also benefit from the 7lb allowance. On form there is nothing to say that she will need it to be involved here, with some very classy performances this season, most notably her 7 length victory over Nedzer’s Return in an open lightweight held in Ballydarragh in mid- February. Her best form seems to be on better ground, although her class showed when a narrowly beaten second at Cork in a mares hunters chase in early April.

Others in the field that make this a quality contest are horses such as Ibetellingyoualie, one of two entries from the Terence O’Brien stable, who has rock solid form this season having not been out of the first two on any occasion, which include a hunter chase victory and runner up in a similar race last time out. Soaring High, another from the Tyner stable has two wins under his belt from just four starts and was unlucky not to make it three last time at Lisronagh when narrowly beaten by the impressive Lanespark in a winners of three. 

 P2P.ie (Mares) Pt-To-Pt INH Flat Race

This race has once again attracted some very nice future track prospects such as Theatre Bird from Sean Doyle’s yard. This mare has only had two starts to date, the first in which her jockey unseated, the second where she took the race in a matter of strides from an above average field in a Kirkistown mares maiden last March. Her turn of foot and class were extremely apparent that day on ground described as yielding to soft and seems to have the credentials to get involved here. 

One trainer associated with being extremely successful with mares as much as geldings is Robert Tyner. He has put forward Who Let De Dogsout for this, which comes here fresh from her recent victory. Twice runner up on two occasions previous to that win, she did well to get her head in front in Dromahane and is one that will definitely relish the soft ground conditions. 

Another yard associated with producing mares to the highest level with the likes of Our Victory is Colin Bowe. The Wexford handler looks to have a decent sort on his hands here in Dashing Lady. This mare comes here with three starts to date, her first in Boulta when unlucky not to score when in contention and falling at the last, and her most recent run a winning one when holding on from Corporate Box in a fast run mares maiden at Killeagh. This form and the fact that she likes soft ground gives her a great chance of adding a track win to her CV here.

Another mare that really caught the eye when scoring impressively at Kildorrey first time out was Miss Libby who gave her trainer Jonathan Sweeney his first career success. She won by a 7 length margin that day under a motionless Larry Murphy but disappointed next time when finishing twelfth in a mares point-to-point bumper in Cork. She looks an awful lot better than that performance and good ground is likely to make all the difference. 

Sean Ahern is represented by Contessa Margerita here who has been a real consistent performer this season and managed to get her head in front on her fourth attempt in Dromahane a fortnight ago. Twice second on two previous occasions she looks a real genuine sort that has put up some very decent performances and seems to be versatile ground wise. 

Others that are also worth noting here are Bell’s Cross, Ballykeereen and Teresa Lisbon who are all respected competitors here and who would by no means be deemed outsiders.

 P2P.ie (C&G) INH Flat Race

This is a highly competitive renewal of P2P.ie bumper that has attracted some of the highest quality gelding performers of this season. One of which is the highly talented Bendanella from Liz Doyle’s stable. This stable is known for producing such horses as Al Ferof and Cheltenian and could well have another future star on their hands here as Bendanella won a maiden at Ballinboola in good style back in January and since has gone on to be sixth, beaten just over six lengths, in a highly competive point-to-point bumper in Fairyhouse at Easter. 

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has two horses entered and the one that catches the eye is the French bred Vedettariat (FR). A winner on his debut at Belharbour under Derek O’Connor, this horse has since gone on to finish a very game fifth in the Racing Post Bumper at Fairyhouse on 1st April. Willie Mullins bumper winners’ record speaks for itself and this horse is sure to be a short price on the day if declared to run. Another runner from the Mullins stable, also French bred, is Unic De Bersy (FR) who lost his maiden tag on his fourth attempt at Loughanmore on December 1st. This looked an impressive performance and the move to the champion trainer since this success has to be taken into consideration here.

Unknown Legend was a decent winner on his only start of the season when going on to win by 4 lengths under Derek O’Connor at Dromahane nearly 3 weeks ago. This is another sort that looks promising however he like so many others is venturing into the unknown over two miles. 

Bishops Road who was an easy winner of his maiden in Lismore has since joined the Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead, suggesting that there is more to come from this horse. The ground was good to yielding on that occasion and his true potential is yet to be tested.

Ashford Wood from Timmy Hyde’s Tipperary stable looks like a decent sort and was beaten by a very useful horse in Truckers Steel in yet another Dromahane maiden on the 18th April. The pair quickened from the remainder of the field and Ashford Wood was denied victory by just a length with the third horse twelve lengths behind.


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