We send a big team up to Downpatrick today with ten runners.
BALLYQUIN BAY and BOB CIGAR go forward in the opening maiden hurdle over 2m5f. It was good to see Bob improve the last day and he looks like he shouldn’t be too far away from the winning post soon. Danny Gilligan has been booked to ride and claims 7lbs. His run last month will have improved his fitness and the good ground on offer should suit, Carl Millar has been booked to ride and claims 7lbs.
We double up again in the handicap hurdle with KELLYS BIRR and JENNY FLEX. Jenny returns after a break and is another who should benefit from the ground. This looks a very open race and Danny Gilligan is booked to ride claiming 7lbs. Kelly’s Birr is having her first run for us today and hopefully we can get some form into her and get her going for the summer. Carl Millar rides and claims 7lbs.
For the 4yo and up maiden hurdle we have OSSIFER HOPS and Pay the Tab looks an unlikely runner as the 3rd reserve. Ossifer Hops came so close the last day but was beaten by stable mate Jay Jay Zee. His day in the sun looks like it is just around the corner so fingers crossed as Denis O’Regan takes the ride.
Two mares go forward in the mares handicap hurdle over 2m1f. RETURN TO BASE has put together a string of decent results and just needs to get her head in front now. Danny Gilligan has been booked to ride and claims 7lbs. Cool Croi hasn’t turned out to be the horse we thought she might but she goes off a low mark and has Nathan Andrews onboard who claims 7lbs.
For the Horatio Group handicap hurdle we have WALKING THE WALK and EVERYTHING NOW. Walking the walk is returning from a break and comes here fresh and he ended his last season with some good runs. He has a nice rating here and Danny Gilligan has been booked to ride and claims 7lbs. Everything Now is coming off the pointing track and likes the better going. He has been running in the open division this season and has run into some very classy horses so will be with his own class here and has first time cheekpieces. Alex Ingram looks after him and claims 7lbs.
Finally our last runner of the day in the 20:30 bumper is VALSORPRESSA. This horse is having his first run in bumpers here having run very well on debut over hurdles. He should be race hardened by that and have a bit of confidence. Harry Swan is booked to ride and claims 5lbs.