We kick off the weekend with 7 runners in Downpatrick.
We send two runners down to post in the mares maiden hurdle. HAPPY D’EX won her bumper back in November and has run respectfully over hurdles on her last 3 starts. She should appreciate the better ground today. Corey McGivern rides and claims 7lb. DELTA LODGE made her racecourse debut last time out where she was 11th of 17 runners. She will have come on plenty for the run and should suit the step up in trip. Niall Moore rides and claims 7lb.
In the opportunity handicap hurdle we run WICKLOW FLYER. She was last seen pulling up in a handicap hurdle back in November and subsequently went on a break over the winter. Again, she is one who should be suited by the summer ground and she has Corey McGivern onboard who claims a useful 4lb off top weight.
TOWNHILL PENNY runs in the QR handicap hurdle. She showed some improvement last time out when finishing 6th with cheekpieces on for the first time. She keeps the headgear on again today but will need take a step forward from that run to feature here. Harry Swan rides and claims 7lb.
The next race is a beginners chase. QUANTUM REALM was disappointing the last day after a really positive run on his first handicap outing. We’ll put a line through that run and hopefully he can make a good account of himself over 3 miles and back in beginners company.
GETAWAY GOLDIE makes her handicap chase debut today. She was a winner last time out in Perth and sits at the bottom of the weights in todays company. She is up against more experienced rivals today but has a great chance of being back in the winners enclosure for connections. Conor McNamara takes the ride.
Our final runner of the day is FOLIO in the bumper. He ran a great race when finishing 3rd in a maiden on his racecourse debut behind the useful Tax For Max. Connections have been patient with this 7yo and he looks capable of taking todays contest. Harry Swan rides and claims 7lb.