Friday 20 October 2017

Send For Paddy can prosper in Armagh

Gordon Elliott has two Gigginstown house owned debutants entered in Grotesque and Stoneford
Gordon Elliott has two Gigginstown house owned debutants entered in Grotesque and Stoneford

Armagh get the action under way today and veteran course specialist Send For Paddy is back in action in the Open where he could have a big chance as he runs well fresh.

The Bandon meeting tomorrow is always a well-supported event and in the opening five-year-old maiden John Hayes could well score with Ballylin which fell on his Askeaton debut when very much in contention at the last. James Dullea’s Dark Outsider looks the best bet in the Adjacent Hunt contest while Margaret Flynn’s Royal Haslar should open his account in the six-year-old maiden.

At The Pigeons, outside Athlone, there is a four-year-old maiden for the first time in many years and Gordon Elliott has two Gigginstown house owned debutants entered in Grotesque and Stoneford. Whichever runs is likely to start  favourite while the Colin Bowe-trained Answer Ur Phone looks the one to follow in the winners’ race.

Lemonfield has attracted the strongest entry of the weekend with 106 potential runners and JP McManus has three entered in the four-year-old maiden which is a race he enjoys targeting each season. All three are trained by Enda Bolger.

In the opening four-year-old mares maiden, Gigginstown’s Shattered Love can oblige for  trainer Pat Doyle, while Dalcasson Chief can land the concluding older maiden.

Roisin Hickey could saddle the winner of the five and six-year-old maiden at Tinahely with Gustave Mahler which was second on his only outing and is sure to improve.

Kevin Heffernan’s Spot The Header can take the six-year-old maiden while the Bowe-trained Freddies Portrait is the pick in the concluding Adjacent Hunt race.

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