Jupiter can spur Russell's title challenge
Published 02/05/2011 | 05:00
The final week of the 2010/2011 jumps season kicks off with two low-key cards at Limerick and Down Royal today.
Jockeys' championship rivals Davy Russell and Paul Townend are both in action at the Munster venue, where Russell partners the day's nap selection Sounds Of Jupiter in the beginners' chase. This is a pretty poor contest, and Sounds Of Jupiter's recent fencing debut at Gowran Park is enough to recommend him.
On that occasion, Charles Byrnes' five-year-old took fifth behind Torphichen, with subsequent Fairyhouse winners Idarah and Un Hinged not far in front.
Russell might also land the two-and-a-quarter-mile maiden hurdle on For Dylan, while Townend could get his day off to a good start on Pat Flynn's Prince Chaparral in the opener.
In between, Ruby Walsh can take the handicap hurdle on the unexposed Redera. Well beaten on soft ground earlier in the season, Redera did enough when reappearing at Navan in March to suggest that he could yet win off his current mark on better going.
Up at Down Royal, Archie Boy is another that can benefit from a mid-season hiatus in the handicap chase. Paul Flynn's charge finished second to Captain Cee Bee at Naas in October and blew the cobwebs away with a spin on the Flat last month.