Monday 29 May 2017

Tradition has the power in Marathon

Roxholme Magic will be a star attraction at Harold's Cross this evening (stock photo)
Roxholme Magic will be a star attraction at Harold's Cross this evening (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

It is now over a year since the talk first circulated regarding the possibility of a match race between top British stayer Roxholme Magic and our own champion marathon performers Tradition and Ballymac Bonny.

Bonny has since been retired to the breeding paddocks but Roxholme Magic will be a star attraction at Harold's Cross this evening as she challenges for the Track Bookmakers Marathon over 1,010 yards.

The Welsh-based Roxholme Magic hasn't raced since early July but Mark Keightley said yesterday that she is in good condition. That being the case, she looks a banker in the first heat.

The Pat Dalton-trained Tradition, which won this event last year in record breaking fashion, just failed to catch Skywalker Rossa over 850 yards in the Night of Stars and she can turn the tables in the third heat.

Another ex-English racer, Ribble Atom, looks set to win the second heat, while Jaytee Patriot might just come out tops in a hugely competitive fourth heat.

The Harold's Cross card also includes the Grand National final and five heats of the All Pet Supplies Gold Collar.

Pat Buckley can land the National with Brinkleysdominic (8.55) at the expense of Monamolin Tank.

Some note in the Gold Collar are Deanridge Wazzo, Impressive Guy and Droopys Awesome.

There is also an 11-race card at Shelbourne, and interesting finals to be decided at Youghal and Tralee.

Michael Enright's Aulton Jet has few peers as a two-bend performer and he is the one to beat in the final of the Gain Southern Sprint at Youghal.

The Red Mills Unraced Bitch final heads an attractive Tralee card and the prize looks between litter comrades Crossfield Kate and Crossfield Dolly.

Irish Independent

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