Storm Away is set to blow away her Down Royal rivals
Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30
Storm Away can get off the mark over flights in the Irwins Bakeries Mares' Maiden Hurdle at Down Royal this evening.
Pat Flynn's versatile five-year-old won two bumpers and a Flat race prior to making her jumping bow at Ballinrobe earlier in the month, when she was outpointed by Urtheoneiwant on slower than ideal ground.
STORM AWAY is best on a dry surface, so the forecast quick conditions will suit the nap selection tonight.
Russell is on Ross O'Sullivan's He's Our Man in the Kerry Foods-sponsored conditions hurdle that follows. This is a tricky race comprising nine fairly unpredictable individuals.
Primroseandblue and Tony Martin's consistent Pires are joint top-rated, but preference is for the Gordon Elliott-trained MOSS STREET. A frustrating four-year-old that broke its maiden here in July at the 15th attempt, he is relatively nicely in tonight when you factor in Luke Dempsey's seven-pound claim.
John 'Shark' Hanlon could plunder the subsequent handicap with the Brian Hayes-ridden Downpatrick runner-up IT'S ALL AN ACT and his CLONDAW FARMER should be hard to beat in the Tayto Group Maiden Hurdle.
The determined Galway bumper winner was second on its two prior outings in a point-to-point and a valuable Fairyhouse bumper, so Andrew McNamara's mount should have too much quality in this modest heat.
Tested produces superb display to be tops at Tipperary
Tested produced a superb display to convincingly claim the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned filly ran amok in what looked a relatively competitive Group Three over seven and a half furlongs.
Some Spirit cut out the early running, with Tested never too far away in the hands of Pat Smullen and fellow joint-favourite Purr Along towards the rear of the field.
The trailblazer creditably stuck to her guns to take second place, but she could not match the finishing burst of the Dermot Weld-trained winner, which held a four-length advantage at the line. Purr Along was a big disappointment .