The time has finally come! Down Royal gets the green light and we have 16 runners going to post with The Yellow Clay now a non-runner.
For the opning maiden hurdle over 2m6.5f we have four runners; THE BAY HORSE, ZEFIRO DODVILLE, NO TURN UNSTONED and BETTER DAYS AHEAD. Better Days ahead will be team captain in this event and has a first time tongue tie. He looked a smart horse last year and this can hopefully be the first step in a bright career with Jack Kennedy booked to ride. The Bay Horse will probably be better suited to handicaps and might be out of his depth here. Zefiro Dodville will improve from the last day and Jordan Gainford is booked to ride. No Turn unstoned will also probably find more success in handicap company.
For the handicap hurdle we have 2 runners. HUNTING BROOK is a new comer to the yard and could potentially be very well handicapped. It is his first start for new connections and Jack Kennedy is booked to ride. Gaye Winnie might be a bit high in the handicap here but we’re claiming with Danny Gilligan.
AIR DROP is taking her chance in graded company for the first time but will have a hard time against the impressive BRIGHTERDAYSAHEAD. The later has looked very exciting in all her starts and her pedigree suggests she should only get better.
For the Grade 3 hurdle we have the return of IRISH POINT and MEDIA NARANJA. Irish Point bowed out on a high winning a Grade 1 hurdle and looks to establish himself as a star hurdler this season. He gives weight away all around and Jack rides. Media Naranja is on the hunt for black type and anything could happy in a race like this, Jordan is booked to ride.
Three go forward in the in the handicap chase; PATS CHOICE, IRISH BLAZE and WOMALKO. Womalko has been in good form and can hopefully do the business today with Mark Walsh booked to ride. Pats Choice has blossomed this season and hopefully he can continue to climb the ladder with Danny booked to ride and claiming 5. Carl Millar is booked to ride IRISH BLAZE who will have a decent chance if he manages to settle.
The beginner chase looks very exciting as we send forward FOUND A FIFTY and TRONADOR. Found a fifty looks like a smart horse and this could be his game, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride. Tronador has been a very loyal servant and has been school well over fences and Sam ewing has been booked to ride.
Finally in the bumper we have FIREFOX who has done well over his summer holiday and looks the one to beat with Harry Swan claiming 5lbs.