Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 26 March 2017

Bolger's Boy can keep Nina among winners

Paul and Nina Carberry. Photo: Getty Images
Paul and Nina Carberry. Photo: Getty Images

Damien McElroy

In-form siblings Paul and Nina Carberry can sustain their prospects of taking the senior professional and amateur riders' titles respectively come the first week in May when they travel to Thurles this afternoon for some promising mounts.

Nina went four clear (22-18) of both defending champion Patrick Mullins and Mikey Fogarty when Charlie Swan's Fasolo took Cork's bumper on Monday and all of them are in action today at the Tipperary venue, though separately for a change.

Nina is rarely obliged to sit out the traditional Irish racecard finale, in which both Mullins and Fogarty will be involved, but she won't be complaining if Enda Bolger's Arabella Boy belatedly gets off the mark over fences in the opening Devil's Bit Beginners Chase.

The losses sustained by Arabella Boy's connections and supporters at Punchestown, when Nina's regular mount was caught and outpaced late by Magnanimity, should be recouped here, despite Willie Mullins declaring For The Staff and Otay Kawn.

Previously at the Kildare course, Arabella Boy had run a fair third to subsequent scorers Thegreatjohnbrowne and Bostons Angel and a repeat of that performance should suffice on this occasion against the Mullins duo, as well as Ballyvoile.

For The Staff was pulled up on his final outing over timber last season at Fairyhouse behind Quito De La Roque and has something to prove now along with Otay Kawn, which took a heavy fall behind Noble Prince at Punchestown ten weeks ago.

Nina's brother Paul then teams up with Tony Martin's Psycho as they meet just three rivals in the Beamish Stout Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase. the gelding will attempt to erase the memory of a disappointing Cheltenham bid for the Vote AP Gold Cup.

Only a 10/1 chance in that competitive handicap, Psycho's prospects of coping with Poquelin and company were effectively dashed when Martin's charge made a bad mistake at the fifth fence and, if none the worse for that experience, compensation awaits here.

Carberry is a master at getting horses to jump well and he can weave his magic again today in a Grade Three event for which Let Yourself Go, already proven over the course and distance, shares top weight and billing off their joint current mark of 150.

Adran Maguire's nine-year-old didn't deserve to exit at the final fence after trying to make all in the Fairyhouse race won by Golden Silver, having previously also made a race of it from the front with Tranquil Sea in the Clonmel Oil Chase.

Their official ratings suggest these likely prime market rivals will cope with the Mullins-trained seasonal debutant Quiscover Fontaine (142) and Clan Tara (138), a faller five out recently in Leopardstown's Paddy Power Chase.

Irish Independent

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