Saturday 3 December 2016

Fred Fenster can make light work of rivals

Published 19/10/2011 | 05:00

DESPITE facing 17 rivals and a thorough test over a mile in soft ground at Navan, Fred Fenster is the nap selection in the Tote.com/ Mobile Handicap today.

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Jockeys' championship leader Johnny Murtagh partners the lightly raced Shiramiyna for John Oxx here, and that one certainly demands plenty respect.

The Invincible Spirit filly was a tidy winner over this trip at Killarney in July, before turning in an indifferent effort in an apprentice race over a furlong less at The Curragh last month.

With Murtagh back on board for her return to a mile, Shiramiyna should be thereabouts on just her fifth start.

The consistent Independent Girl is another to consider, but, if the handicapper is remotely accurate, Fred Fenster should win.

Placed in six of his first seven starts, Eddie Lynam's three-year-old got off the mark with a devastating seven-and-a-half-length rout at Cork on Saturday when stepped up to this distance for a first time. He clearly improved for a mile, so much so that the handicapper saw fit to raise him 20lbs in the ratings.

Today, Fred Fenster needs only to carry a 5lb penalty, which leaves him 15lbs well in. On identical conditions, then, Keagan Latham's mount ought to score.

Another that is expected to add to a promising turn at Cork is The Munster Maori in the opening Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.

Again, this five-furlong dash looks wide open with 16 runners, but Mick Halford's gelding has lots going for him.

On his penultimate outing, The Munster Maori was a respectable third here behind Balmont Mast -- a winner again since -- while he was only chinned on the line under today's rider Shane Foley on Saturday. Off the same mark, he is the one to beat now.

Murtagh can enhance his five-strong lead over Pat Smullen by taking the nursery with Afraz, and Aidan O'Brien is fancied to secure a brace courtesy of Thomasgainsborough and Nantucket Bay.

The former wasn't given too hard a time of things when fifth on his Tipperary debut, so he should be a more potent proposition for Seamie Heffernan in today's juvenile maiden.

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