Psycho can capture Downpatrick prize
Published 21/12/2011 | 05:00
Psycho is napped to win his first race over flights for more than two years when he tackles the Hurricane Hurdle at Downpatrick today.
A field of eight goes to post for this conditions event, with Tawaagg the only one likely to pose any threat to Tony Martin's 10-year-old.
On official figures, that one has six pounds to find with Psycho, and there was enough in the latter's recent Cork defeat to recommend him. On that occasion, Psycho was simply outpaced at a crucial point two-out over two miles, before grabbing second behind New Phase.
Over a fraction further here, he should take plenty of stopping under Paul Carberry.
Tawaagg's jockey Ruby Walsh can start the day on a positive note when he steers Felix Yonger for Willie Mullins in the opening maiden hurdle.
To be frank, this is a desperate race, though the Gordon Elliott-trained Beef To The Heels has shown some promise in two hurdling starts. Still, the Graham Wylie-owned Felix Yonger sets the standard on the basis of his second to Daring Article at Cork.
Mullins could later double up with Bowfinger in the concluding hunters' chase. Elliott is fancied to seal a brace courtesy of St Killian's Run and Mae's Choice.
In an open Martinstown Opportunity Hurdle, St Killian's Run stands out as the most dependable option, while Mae's Choice debuts in the mares' maiden hurdle and has genuine claims for Carberry in another weak race.