Friday 26 December 2014

RIchard Pugh: Point-to-Point

RIchard Pugh

Published 01/12/2012 | 05:00

Providing weather-threatened Loughanmore gets the go-ahead, Ian Ferguson holds a strong hand in the opening four-year-old maiden with Medieval Chapel, which was placed last season and has the advantage of a recent run.

Recent dual winner and Kirkistown faller Slippers Percy looks sure to be the one in the Open lightweight for the Kelly family after beating Tammys Hill last time at this course. Ross O'Sullivan could take the six-year-old maiden with track-placed Pocketfullofpennies.

The Lisronagh meeting gets under way at an earlier time of 10.30 and Top Cat Henry for Kieran Purcell stands out in the opening 4yo maiden as he was a fair second to Indevan at Dromahane. Enda Bolger now has last season's dual winner Near Perfection in his care and although stepping up to Open company, he could be the one in the McManus colours.

David Christie makes the long journey from Fermanagh but it could well be worthwhile as Jenny Make A Penny has been second twice to date and deserves her chance.

At Ballindenisk, in the Open, Shark Hanlon's Viking Splash looks custom-built for this assignment and will revel in the conditions. Jimmy Mangan's Indian Castle has acquired some decent placed experience and could take the opening 4yo maiden. Liam O'Keeffe's Drivehomeregardless has been consistent and is appealing in what could be a tricky and competitive confined race.

Number of the week

1 This weekend at Fairyhouse is all about Grade Ones and Irish point-to-pointers are dominant. Champagne Fever and Dedigout are favourites for two of the top races on the card. Thomond O'Mara sold the former to Willie Mullins, while I recommended the latter from John Queally to Tony Martin. Both look top class and have solid pointing back-up in Clonbannon Lad and Buckers Bridge.

Horse to follow

Quarryking looks a fine, big-chasing type and won well at Boulta last Sunday for Paul O'Flynn and has a big future.

Weekend selection

Viking Splash seems to have the race-fit edge at Ballindenisk tomorrow in what is a top-notch Open.

Weekend fixtures

Today

Co Down, at Loughanmore, 12.0

Tomorrow

Tipperary, at Lisronagh, 10.30

United, at Ballindenisk, 11:30

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