Tuesday 26 September 2017

Rogue Angel ready to swoop on Galway debut for Morris

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

On an afternoon when the instantly recognisable maroon and white Gigginstown Stud silks are expected to prove ubiquitous, Rogue Angel is potentially the most exciting of the Michael O'Leary-owned prospects on show at Galway tomorrow.

A runaway point-to-point victor at Askeaton in February, before being demoted from the winner's berth by the Fairyhouse stewards on his only bumper start after a rare old tussle with Balnaslow in April, the Presenting gelding has immense potential.

He makes his debut for the Mouse Morris stable in the Corrib Oil Maiden Hurdle and the only surprise will be if Davy Russell has to bring him out of third gear.

In the CCTV Control Maiden Hurdle, Russell gets off John Nallen's Minella Reception to ride the hitherto frustrating Shrapnel on its first start for Gordon Elliott.

Barry Geraghty takes over on Minella Reception, and might be able to make the most of the opportunity on a horse that lost nothing in defeat last time.

Rory O'Moore, successful three times in bumpers, is also a real danger. However, Ronnie O'Neill's seven-year-old might not be able to so readily dominate over flights in the way that he has done in bumpers.

Geraghty can also take the Barna Waste Hurdle on Michael Hourigan's Whats Happening, while Ruby Walsh gets the nod on Willie Mullins' Twinlight in the Faber Audiovisuals Novice Chase.

Tom Taaffe's Argocat, so impressive at Limerick last time, is not to be discounted, with Noel Meade's Gigginstown-owned Il Fenomeno another of note.

Nonetheless, Twinlight, a runaway winner at Listowel last time, should have too much class.

Similar to today, Meade has serious claims with both of his Gigginstown runners at Wexford tomorrow.

In the curtain-raising maiden hurdle, Cops And Robbers, second to Sizing Rio at Fairyhouse on Tuesday on its first start since April, is napped to prevail under Paul Carberry, with Benevolent also fancied in the novice hurdle.

Captain Arceus and Sizing Italy will ensure the latter heat is not one-sided, but the selection looked particularly smart when hosing up on his hurdling bow at Fairyhouse two weeks ago.

Irish Independent

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