Saturday 29 April 2017

WATCH - Joseph O'Brien explains why he wants another crack at Champion Bumper favourite Carter Mckay

Trainer Joseph O’Brien pictured with Ivanovich Gorbatov in his yard in Kilkenny.
Trainer Joseph O’Brien pictured with Ivanovich Gorbatov in his yard in Kilkenny.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Joseph O'Brien is keen for his charge West Coast Time to have another crack at Weatherby's Champion Bumper favourite Carter McKay next week at Cheltenham

O'Brien's five-year-old, who won a Cork bumper in style in January, was just over two lengths behind Willie Mullins' grey gelding in Naas last month but the Owning Hill trainer wants a chance to turn the tables.

That Naas bumper was run at a sedate pace and Carter Mckay outsprinted his rival in the finish but O'Brien feels his horse will have a better chance off a strong gallop, which he is sure to get at Cheltenham.

"They went very slow and sprinted (at the finish). The winner was very good. I don't know if we'd beat him or not but I'd like to think that we'd be able to get with him at the furlong marker some day and see what would happen after that," he told Independent.ie.

West Coast Time's dam Refinement was second in the race in 2004 and like his mother before him, the horse will don the Michael Tabor colours on Cleeve Hill.

"The horses dam Refinement was second in it and she was a good mare. It would unbelievable to have a horse with a chance in the race," he added.

"He'd have to have an each-way chance. He was very impressive in Cork, the race will be ran to suit him I'd say and he'd like soft groun. He won well on soft ground. We'll know that closer to the time."

West Coast Time in currently a 14/1 shot for the Champion Bumper with BoyleSports. Carter Mckay is their 3/1 favourite.

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