It’s a very very busy day today as we send two over to Carlisle and 24 maybe 25 to Navan for Troytown day.
Covering Navan first in the opening race we have a whopping 6 declared for the three year old hurdle with one unfortunately coming up as first reserve. BY YOUR SIDE a son of Lope De Vega has his first run for us since coming off the flat. There looks to be plenty of stamina in his pedigree and this will be informative, Conor McNamara rides. GORDONS AURA is another with a lovely pedigree who we have chosen to claim off with James O’Sullivan taking off 5lbs. It is also his first run over jumps. LUDUS looks a very nice horse, by New Approach again with plenty of staying ability in the bag. He will be ridden by Sam Ewing. NEW YEARS HONOURS went better than expected the last day and gets the fillies allowance and is the pick of Jack Kennedy. TEAGARDEN JAZZ runs for new connections to the yard and will have her first run over hurdles here too. She is a very good looking daughter of the Derby winner Golden Horn and Jordan Gainford rides. JAZZY MATTY sits as first reserve and has Davy Russell waiting in the wings for a ride. He looks a smart horse with a beautiful pedigree, he is a half to our very over Delta Work.
In the maiden hurdle over 2m4f we have FIRM FOOTINGS, MY TRUMP CARD, and THEMANINTHEBOOTS. Firm Footings shaped very well in his bumper, scoring at Galway on proper winter ground. He is Jack Kennedy’s pick. My Trump Card was a very impressive store horse purchase and is a full brother to the mighty Airlie Beach. This is his first run and will be ridden by Davy Russell. We have chosen to claim off Themanintheboots and have Corey McGivern in the irons taking off 7lbs.
It is a vert small field for the Grade 3 Novice hurdle where we throw AMERICAN MIKE and THREE CARD BRAG into the mix. This pair could potentially be each others biggest competitors. American Mike was very good up north in October and maybe put in a few errors in a slowly run race. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride. Three Card Brag ran home the best in a Grade 3 the last time wanting every inch of the trip, suggesting he should go well now he is upped. Adrian Heskin takes the ride.
JUNGLE PROSE has been hammered by the handicapper, having gone up a combined 40lbs since joining the yard. Jack Kennedy will have his work cut out but this filly is in great form. BODHISATTVA is having his first start of the season here and he had a nice backend of his season. He has first time cheekpieces on today and Davy Russell rides.
For the Troytown we have a big team of eight runners. Top of the weights we have FARCLAS who we are claiming off with the very talented Kieran Buckley taking off 5lbs. COKO BEACH is a part of the furniture in these big staying chases and will be another one we will claim off with Parker Hendriks who is fresh off the boat from USA and takes a valuable 5lbs. HURRICANE GEORGIE tries her hand again in a big field having run well the last day. This could be a big ask and Michael O’Sullivan rides and takes off 5lbs. FRONTAL ASSAULT is in great form at the moment and following a win he should have great confidence and is off a nice mark, Jack Kennedy rides. DEATH DUTY is another in good form and was unfortunate to unseat the last day, Davy Russell has been picked to ride. DEFI BLEU put in a great performance the last day to come home second and hopefully he can get his day in the sun soon. Jordan Gainford takes the ride. PUNITIVE has very quickly repaid the 4,000 connections paid for him with two smart placings on both of his runs for us to date. He should provide connections with a great day and Sam Ewing takes the ride. Finally bottom weight belongs to GLENLOE who will be ridden by Rachael Blackmore. He is an up and down performer but could do very well at this mark.
The Boardsmill Beginners chase looks a very competitive race with some smart horses going forward. FIL DOR probably really needed his run the last day but he looks a chaser all day long! It will be exciting to see him run and hopefully he goes well, Jack Kennedy rides. IBERIQUE DU SEUIL has a first time tongue tie after a disappointing run in Galway. Hopefully the head gear can help and Davy Russell has been booked to ride.
Finally in the bumper we have MOLLYS MANGO and MISS AGUSTA. Molly looked smart when winning a bumper against her own sex the last day and takes a step up in company, Declan Lavery takes the ride. MISS AGUSTA jumps straight into Listed company having finished second in the Land Rover bumper and has since joined the team and will be ridden by Harry Swan.
Over in Carlisle we start our day with THE MOON SEAS ME in a class 4 novices hurdle over 2m3.5f Cheltenham looked to be on the stiff side for this filly but she looks to have plenty of talent and a step back in class might do her the world of good. Denis O’Regan takes the ride.
Finally we have RIVIERE D’ETEL in the listed mares chase over 2m4f. She jumped right in her last race where she ran on again. We receive a lot on ratings and we get a pound from Zambella which all go in our favour. Hopefully this filly can grab another bit of blacktype.