Friday 20 October 2017

Flynn's Highly Toxic has right formula to take Tramore spoils

Jockey Danny Grant
Jockey Danny Grant
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Local handler Pat Flynn has a serious chance of taking this afternoon's opening 12-furlong maiden at Tramore with Highly Toxic.

Danny Grant's mount is taking a massive drop in class in this three-year-olds' contest, having been thrown in at the deep end for the 2,000 Guineas and Derrinstown Stud Derby trials at Leopardstown.

For a horse that was beaten a combined 23 lengths in two starts as a juvenile, the Dalakhani gelding was far from disgraced at the Foxrock venue.

In the Derrinstown last time, he finished a fair fifth behind Fascinating Rock, Ebanoran and Geoffrey Chaucer, beaten just eight lengths after leading into the straight in what was an admittedly messy race.

It was a performance that confirmed the €60,000 acquisition possesses a reasonable level of ability, and that should be enough to get off the mark here.

The nap selection's five rivals look moderate, with maybe Peter Fahey's Asknotwhat the pick of them.

Like Flynn, John Oxx is always to be respected at the seaside venue. The Curragh maestro boasts a 50pc win percentage from 10 runners since 2010 and Rayna is the only one tasked with enhancing that ratio today.

She tackles the 12-furlong fillies' race under Declan McDonogh and won't need to be one of the Aga Khan's finest to collect. In getting placed over shorter on her two previous starts at Dundalk and Gowran Park, Rayna kept on after getting slightly outpaced on both occasions.

With that in mind, the step-up in trip should suit her ideally in what is another pretty weak affair.

The subsequent conditions race over the same trip is the best race on the card, with Indian Icon, Mireya, Waydownsouth and Days Ahead among a competitive nine-strong line-up. Preference, though, is for John McConnell's versatile Lindenhurst under Gary Carroll.

A dual hurdle winner that was placed in good company over flights, the four-year-old operated at a similarly consistent level on the Flat last term.


On Lindenhurst's return to the Flat at Wexford earlier in the month, he came from a long way back at Wexford to snatch fourth, indicating that there would be more races to be won with him this summer.

As a stylish winner on his only previous outing around this unique circuit, he should have the gears required to get into a decent early position today. If so, he will be hard to beat.

In the concluding lady riders' maiden, Jane Mangan gets the nod to score for a second year in succession on Sizing Italy.

Henry de Bromhead's seven-year-old hasn't run since the autumn, but he ran consistently well in good novice chases then, and will enjoy the good ground here.

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