Carberry set for winning return on Cottage Star
PAUL Carberry can make a winning return from injury at Fairyhouse this afternoon, when British champion jockey Tony McCoy makes a flying visit for his retainer JP McManus.
The track has been hit by snow, but officials are optimistic that the fixture will go ahead.
Carberry has only two booked mounts, and it's hard to see the first of them -- Tony Martin's long-absent Elcanos -- figuring prominently in the novice handicap hurdle. However, the jockey's father, Tommy, runs a likely type in Donoughmore, which can strike under McCoy.
Noel Meade could provide Carberry with a winner in the shape of Cottage Star, which looked a real staying type in winning a Thurles bumper and the six-year-old looks certain to appreciate the step up to two-and-half miles in the maiden hurdle.
The main purpose of McCoy's trip looks to be his alliance with Dr Whizz in the winners' novice hurdle, but he could lose out to the superior experience of Dermot Weld's New Phase.
In the featured Dunshaughlin Hurdle, Footy Facts gets the nod over Healys Bar.
Michael Hourigan's Crash is an interesting type in the concluding bumper, but word in Closutton has it that The Bosses Cousin is the latest exciting recruit for Willie Mullins' Cheltenham bumper team and he should not be opposed.