Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 23 February 2017

Point-to point

Liam Burke can take the opener at Dromahane tomorrow with Assumed Identity, which was a promising fourth on his debut and looks the pick here.

How's D Strawboss should take the confined maiden.

The highlight of the card will be the return of Champion Hunter Chaser Kilty Storm, which should be able to get off to a winning start in the Open.

At Killashee, Iheardu could take the opener, while Stormy Deployment can succeed in the five-year-old maiden.

Teffia Rose and Smalltown Girl will battle for the mares' maiden and A Good Sign can take the novice riders' race. Top Twig will have it all to do if he is to beat Dom Fontenail in the Open.

At Lingstown, Lord Nellerie will have to be at his best to beat Gothic Love over the banks course. Unanswered may be best in the winners' race and Ballyvoneen can win the five-year-old geldings' maiden. On The Snip can take the mares' maiden and Tomcoole Lad could score in the older maiden.

At Kirkistown this afternoon, Definite Appeal can strike at winners' level; Tamara King can take the mares' maiden and Ballycolin should take the Open. Lowparklad can nick the four-year-old maiden, while Figairy looks poised to win the older maiden.

Number of the week

4There are four meetings this weekend and there will only be four further meetings run in the rest of the autumn season, with the new 'spring' season getting under way on December 20 at Dromahane.

Horse to follow

Michael Hourigan introduced two newcomers in the Gigginstown House colours last Sunday at Affane in Ballysteen and Best Served Cold. Both have the potential to develop into exciting jumping prospects.

Weekend selection

Champion Hunter Chaser Kilty Storm returns and he should be able to get off to a winning start.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Today:

North Down at Kirkistown 12.0

Tomorrow:

Wexford at Lingstown 12.0

Duhallow at Dromahane 12.0

Westmeath and Longford at Killashee 12.30

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