Thursday 25 December 2014

Ghost to fly home for Condon

Published 20/02/2013 | 04:00

DAVY CONDON can steer Noel Meade's exciting grey Corbally Ghost to a reappearance victory in the two-and-a-half-mile conditions race at Punchestown today.

Paul Carberry remains sidelined as a result of the facial injury that prevented his participation at Navan yesterday. The former champion trainer's first-choice rider required stitches to a wound he received when getting a fall from a youngster at Meade's yard on Monday, leaving him with an eye injury which has affected his eyesight.

He is expected to be back in action soon, but Condon fills in for now. The Co Cork native did so to aplomb aboard Meade's Mullaghanoe River yesterday, just as he did when guiding Corbally Ghost to success in a decent Grade Three on its most recent start at Mallow racecourse in December 2011.

Having won a bumper and a maiden hurdle previously, that confirmed the six-year-old a smart prospect. Of his six rivals, four – Apt Approach, Dancing Tornado, De Valira and Western Leader – are rated 130, but they have a combined age of 42.

With that in mind, Corbally Ghost appeals as a far more precocious option.

In the maiden hurdle that gets proceedings underway, Foxrock is nap material. The Ted Walsh-trained point-to-point winner showed his potential by chasing home Mala Beach at Leopardstown last month.

Having kept on well over two and a half miles then, he ought to relish the extra couple of furlongs here – at the main expense of Los Amigos.

Should the selection deliver, it would be Danny Mullins' first winner in Barry Connell's colours since his appointment as the Dublin stockbroker's retained rider.

In the two-mile maiden, Willie Mullins introduces another exciting French recruit in the Ruby Walsh-ridden dual bumper winner Un De Sceaux, while he might also take the concluding bumper with Sizing Brisbane, a half-brother to Rule The World and Venalmar, which runs in the famous colours of Ann and Alan Potts.

However, if there is a pedigree to note on duty, it is that of Egyptian Warrior in the four-year-old bumper. Along with fellow homebred Shield in the same race, the Galileo gelding is Aidan O'Brien's first runner under National Hunt rules since 2004.

More importantly, Egyptian Warrior is a full-brother to the Group One-winning Epsom Derby favourite Kingsbarns.

As such, he should have the ability to help Sarah O'Brien become the Ballydoyle maestro's second teenage daughter to ride her first winner in five days, after her year-younger sister Ana's triumph at Dundalk on Friday.

Irish Independent

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