Sunday service: Richard Forristal
Outsider to note: Chasing Cars
Of Jessica Harrington's two runners in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown tomorrow, Got Attitude has the better recent form, but it would be unwise to discount Chasing Cars completely.
Robbie Power's mount only made his seasonal reappearance at Gowran Park last week, when he was tailed off in the Red Mills Chase. Not too much should be read into that, though, as he had to make the early running, and he wasn't given a hard time of it once it became obvious he needed the run.
He now reverts to handicap company, lining out off just an 8lb higher mark than when hosing up at Punchestown in April. Should the ground continue to dry, he would be no forlorn hope, so a double-figure tissue price appeals for the place market.
Leopardstown 1.50 -- Dantes King
Leopardstown 3.55 -- Prince Erik
Leopardstown 4.25 -- Chasing Cars
Leopardstown 4.55 -- Waaheb
159 Dunguib's new rating, which is 7lb shy of our top-rated hurdler Hurricane Fly's, following his defeat of Luska Lad on Saturday.
25 Old Vic's age when he was put down on Monday. The 1989 Irish Derby hero was a leading NH sire, siring Gold Cup winner Kicking King.
5 Bryan Cooper's tally over the past fortnight. The young Kerry native is now three clear in the race for the conditional riders' title.
Quote of the week
"There are racecourses in Ireland where the facilities in the stable yards are so bad that you'd feel like getting a tetanus shot on the way out. Some tracks are just money-grabbers and provide nothing for the stable staff or for racegoers" -- Galway trainer Paul Gilligan is the latest to express his disappointment with the standard of service at Irish racecourses.
Three things we
learned this week
1 The rule that earned Jason Maguire a five-day ban for marking Cool Mission at Doncaster on Wednesday is seriously flawed. Maguire received a further two days for using the whip with excessive frequency, but the larger portion of his exclusion, which rules him out of the ride on Peddlers Cross in the Champion Hurdle, will surely be hard for the appeals panel to hold up. Cool Mission had no history of marking, and Maguire was not found guilty of excessive force. If that's the case, then five days is five too many.
2 The Turf Club's investigation into Davy Russell's latest run-in with the doping control officer is unlikely to find any performance enhancing substance in the sample he belatedly supplied at Naas last Sunday. Should this transgression prove as innocent as the last one, the rider will still have to explain how Paddy Flood bettered him in the deciding contest of the Jockey Olympics. The Goal charity event came down to an arm wrestle, with Flood available at any price before the off. Maybe the doping officer went after the wrong guy!
3 Paul Carberry wasted no time restoring his reputation. After a miserable time last week, the veteran rider was at his best once again on Wednesday on Arabella Boy, a horse that had recently begun to make defeat look like an art form.
Monday: Catterick, Plumpton, Wolverhampton (AW)
Tuesday: Ffos Las, Leicester, Lingfield (AW)
Wednesday: Downpatrick, Bangor, Folkestone, Kempton* (AW), Wolverhampton (AW)
Thursday: Ludlow, Southwell (AW), Taunton, Wolverhampton* (AW)
Friday: Doncaster, Lingfield (AW), Newbury, Wolverhampton* (AW)
Saturday: Gowran Park, Doncaster, Kelso, Kempton, Newbury
Sunday: Naas, Huntingdon, Sedgefield