Lynch to promote good cause on Show
Andrew Lynch remains the busiest jump jockey around and his presence in all of the seven scheduled races that he can ride in at Wexford tonight will help highlight a cause close to his heart.
The Co Meath native has been sporting breeches that brandish the website logo for the Kieran Gore Fund. Gore is an 11-year-old family friend of Lynch's who was diagnosed in 2012 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMS), a genetic condition which deteriorates the muscles.
A committee was formed in January to raise funds to cater for Gore's mobility needs, and Lynch has pledged his support by promoting the website address - www.thekierangorefund.com - on his riding gear.
Given that he is the only Irish-based jump jockey to have 500 or more rides in each of the last two seasons and that his previous 94 bookings this term constitutes 30 more mounts (equating to 47pc) than the next rider on the list in terms of activity, there is no one better placed to get Gore's message out there.
Of Lynch's rides this evening, Show And Go - trained by his long-standing ally Henry de Bromhead - appeals as nap material in division two of the two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap hurdle.
As is the case in the first leg of the race, 14 runners will go to post, but there is none so interesting as Show And Go. The Stowaway six-year-old showed promise when third on his point-to-point debut in December.
In five starts over hurdles since then, he has progressed steadily, improving for the recent switch to handicapping.
Beaten around eight lengths when fourth at Tipperary, he went down by less than two lengths when filling the same spot behind Key Account at Clonmel, form that has been franked by the second and third winning twice and finishing second in their next starts.
Show And Go tired late on over two-and-a-half miles on that occasion, though the handicapper certainly noted his promise, as he is three pounds higher here. However, on dropping a little in trip now, he has the scope to defy that hike for Lynch.
The card gets under way with a mares' beginners' chase that could prove a decent opportunity for I'm All You Need to get off the mark over the bigger obstacles. Paul Nolan's King's Theatre five-year-old has won once and been placed twice in five hurdle starts.
Last seen taking third at Ballinrobe off a rating of 112 in May, I'm All You Need is up there with the best of today's rivals on all the available evidence. The same firm will also have a big say with Theatre Mill in the handicap that follows, but preferred in that is Jessica Harrington's Sin Miedo. Val O'Brien's 13-year-old Valours Minion is respected following his smooth Ballinrobe triumph, but Sin Miedo is maybe more progressive.
Second here in November before winning at Fairyhouse, he will appreciate a bit of nice ground on his return under Colin Bolger, who's seeking a belated first winner on home soil after returning from a long stint in Britain.
Bolger's brother Mark won on Sin Miedo in November, but is sidelined with a nasty facial injury after a recent fall from Annie Oakley at Kilbeggan.